The Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Mother Nature, as they say, has an answer to just about every health problem that we humans may encounter.
When it comes to weight loss, one of the solutions Mother Nature offers is cinnamon.
Cinnamon isn’t usually what comes to mind when thinking about weight loss, but its effects have actually been shown to contribute to this goal of losing weight.
How exactly does Cinnamon do this? Let’s find out below.
How Cinnamon Contributes to Weight loss
Lowers Blood Sugar
High levels of sugar in the blood can contribute to both diabetes and an increase in weight.
A study of individuals with Type 2 Diabetes found that the amount of sugar in the blood can be lowered by 18 - 29% from consuming meals or supplements containing cinnamon.
This is thanks to the fact that cinnamon acts on the blood sugar in a direct manner and helps control insulin levels. (1)
Summary: Supplements containing cinnamon have been proven to control insulin levels
Burns Belly Fat
It is widely believed that cinnamon helps promote weight loss by directly impacting abdominal fat.
Abdominal fat is often associated with insulin resistance and when cinnamon consumption helps support those insulin levels results can often be observed around the waistline.
With the abdominal area often being a troublesome spot to lose fat many would consider cinnamon to be a staple in any health enthusiast’s arsenal. (2)
Summary: Abdominal fat is linked to insulin levels in the body. Cinnamon helps control insulin levels which impacts abdominal fat.
Regulates Insulin in the Body
Insulin helps to keep the blood sugar levels of a person to a normal, healthy level.
Cinnamon increases the stabilizing effect of insulin, activating the enzymes to stimulate insulin receptors.
Another unique ability of cinnamon is that it increases the effectiveness of insulin-signaling pathways in your skeletal muscle tissue in the body and promoting the regulation of blood sugar. (3)
Summary: Cinnamon has been proven to regulate your insulin and blood sugar levels.
Curbs Cravings to Eat
A person’s appetite is a very important factor to consider when trying to lose weight.
Cinnamon could assist with this common barrier, by acting as a natural appetite suppressant.
This is because cinnamon enables you to feel fuller for longer.
If you are on a diet, the naturally sweet taste of cinnamon could effectively substitute sugars, and thus prevent you from being tempted to consume sugary, extremely high-calorie desserts. (1)
Summary: Cinnamon helps you feel full longer, which can help curb cravings.
Supplementing with Cinnamon
When supplementing cinnamon in the diet, there are a few factors to consider before purchasing.
Cassia cinnamon is the type you would typically find in a grocery store, but this type can contain high levels of a naturally occurring ingredient, coumarin, which can cause liver problems in a small group of individuals sensitive to it.
For an adult that is sensitive to coumarin, the limit is about a teaspoon a day. (4)
Some experts suggest investing in pricier cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, which is a mild variety of the spice and can reduce the risk of consuming too much coumarin.
Another option to look for is cinnamon capsules or tablets that come from fresh ground organic cinnamon, but using cinnamon in its whole form is always best.
Summary: Supplements containing cinnamon often included coumarin which can cause liver issues if you are sensitive to this product. Purchase high-quality cinnamon to avoid this ingredient.
Decide on your implementation plan and get started!
Select a quality supplement or make it a tasty addition to your fruit, yogurt or coffee!
It is ideal for you to consume cinnamon in regulated dosages.
If you choose to consume cinnamon in supplement form make it a point not to exceed the recommended dosage indicated on the container.
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Medically reviewed and written by:
Dr. Jason Olafsson D.C.
Founder & CEO
Doctor of Chiropractic