Is Cinnamon Used for Weight Loss?

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Weight loss is such a huge issue right now. We are always looking for something that might help us kickstart the process. In spite of knowing that a healthy lifestyle change consisting of a good diet and a regular exercise routine is what cuts the flab, it is human nature to look for an easy way out. So, are there any silver bullets?

In the era of detox diets and easy go to home remedies, having cinnamon for weight loss is now a hot trend. We have taken cinnamon with honey and warm water, sprinkled it over our cereals, had it in our tea or consumed it straight up, hoping that miraculously, this spice would spice up our weight loss.

But does cinnamon really help in weight loss?

Cinnamon is a common household spice and has been used extensively throughout the world for as long as recorded history. Once traded as currency, this spice has a delightful flavour which makes it very popular in cooking.

Now, let’s cut the chase and get back to the game.

According to a study published in the journal Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, after treating fat cells obtained from mice and various human volunteers who have undergone liposuction, cinnamaldehyde, a primary chemical compound found in cinnamon, showed greater expression of genes and production of protein that helped in metabolism of fat and better blood sugar control.

There have also been researches that have shown that cinnamon intake resulted in lower fasting blood sugar, total cholesterol, LDL(bad) cholesterol, triglyceride levels and higher HDL (good) cholesterol levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Another study claims that volunteers had better insulin responses and slower emptying of the stomach when they have had cinnamon in their diet.

Though there have not been enough studies that prove that cinnamon helps in weight loss; there are various other benefits to this spice.

Cinnamon is rich is antioxidants which have anti inflammatory properties. It has been known to have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and even antiviral properties. Also smelling this sweet spice results in boosted brain activity. There have been researches based on this, which have lead scientists to believe that cinnamon can enhance cognition in elderly individuals or patients with diseases leading to cognitive decline like Alzheimer’s.

So, go ahead and have that cinnamon tea or sprinkle some of it on your food. At least it will taste good, even if it doesn’t aid in weight loss.

Precautions:

Among multiple types of this spice, the two main types are Ceylon and Cassia. It is advisable to use Ceylon since it has a lower cinnamaldehyde content. Also, Cassia contains higher level of coumarin, which leads to liver damage in high amounts.

It is better to avoid taking cinnamon during pregnancy and breast feeding.

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