Everyone loves cinnamon, right? On oatmeal, in apple pies or in Greek dishes, cinnamon adds a great level of depth and flavor to savory and sweet food. But did you know that cinnamon can help you lose weight, and even improve the health of your heart? One new study even shows that cinnamon could help people with diabetes.
Cinnamon: A Hearty Spice
High in iron, calcium, fiber and manganese, cinnamon has been used for centuries to aid digestive problems. It is known to prevent cancer cells from spreading (metastasizing), can prevent stomach ulcers and can help to cure some bacterial infections. Proven to aid weight loss and lower bad cholesterol whilst maintaining healthy levels of good cholesterol, cinnamon is one flavorsome spice that you definitely want to include in your diet.
Cinnamon and Type Two Diabetes
A recent study showed that cinnamon supplements can lower the fasting glucose levels of people with type II diabetes and can also reduce LDL cholesterol levels whilst raising the good cholesterol, HDL.
In the study, researchers looked at data from 10 studies, involving a total of 543 patients with type II diabetes. The researchers took a comparison of people who too cinnamon supplements for 4-18 weeks in doses of between 120 mg and 6 grams a day, and those who did not take cinnamon. The results showed that patients who had taken cinnamon regularly benefitted with reduced cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
This study follows on from previous studies that have had mixed results; some show that cinnamon has benefits to blood glucose, while others were inconclusive. Regardless, further research is planned in order to fully assess the benefits of regular cinnamon supplements.
Cinnamon and Weight Loss
Cinnamon helps to regulate blood glucose levels and increase insulin uptake in the body. It also mimics insulin and helps to metabolize (break down) glucose in the blood. Here are just a few more ways in which cinnamon can aid weight loss and prevent fat storage:
• Cinnamon helps to prevent sugar from being turned into fat by altering the way in which your body metabolizes it.
• High levels of sugar in the blood can encourage the body to store fat, as it has enough energy in the blood so stores fat energy for another day. Cinnamon regulates blood sugar levels, preventing excess fat storage.
• Cinnamon slows down the passage of food from the stomach to the intestine, helping you to feel fuller for longer, making you want to eat less.
• Cinnamon helps your body to process carbohydrates more effectively, so fewer calories are stored.
Cinnamon may not make you thin overnight. But it is shown to reverse the signs of prediabetes and, with long term use, can definitely aid weight loss either as part of a diet or in your post weight loss surgery diet. Abdominal fat is shown to be particularly sensitive to the benefits of cinnamon, and we all know how hard it is to lose that belly fat!
If you want to lose a few pounds, if you have had weight loss surgery, such as gastric band surgery or gastric bypass surgery, or if you just want to keep healthy, improve heart health and lower LDL cholesterol, adding cinnamon to your daily diet can definitely help. One thing is for sure; it can’t do any harm!
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