Cinnamon May Help Offset Damage From a High-Fat Diet
Cinnamon is a sweet and festive spice that we typically associate with autumn and the winter holidays. But cinnamon offers so many wonderful health advantages, so we could all benefit from eating it every day.
For example, a new study shows that cinnamon appears to help slow down the fat-storing process. This ability, in turn, could help lower the cardiovascular risks that come along with eating a high-fat diet.
The researchers fed rats a high-fat diet supplemented with cinnamon for 12 weeks. And the results were quite remarkable.
The rats that consumed cinnamon developed less body fat than the ones that didn’t eat the spice. They had healthier levels of sugar, insulin and fat in their blood. The rats that ate cinnamon also had fewer molecules involved in the body’s fat-storing process.
Ultimately, this test group ended up gaining less weight than their non-cinnamon-eating counterparts and showed more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that protected their bodies from stress damage.
If you’re wondering if these findings translate to humans, it’s extremely likely that they do.
Cinnamon Can Improve Glucose, Blood Pressure and Lean Body Mass in Humans
High glucose levels and insulin resistance often go hand-in-hand with obesity. However, earlier studies consistently show that taking cinnamon daily lowers blood sugar and boosts insulin sensitivity in people who are both obese and normal weight.
Additionally, it appears to reduce blood pressure, boost antioxidant status and lower concentrations of cholesterol and triglycerides in humans. At the same time, people who supplement with cinnamon tend to lose more body fat and gain more lean muscle mass.
So don’t just save cinnamon for the holidays — make a habit of using it liberally throughout the year. It’s easy to add a spoonful to a cup of hot tea or cider, and even sprinkled on some of your favorite foods.
You may also opt to take a cinnamon supplement. However, a word of warning: not all cinnamons are created equal. Those made from cassia cinnamon may be less expensive than others, but they also contain high amounts of coumarin which can be toxic to your liver.
Instead, choose one that contains CinSulin® cinnamon extract. This cinnamon has been clinically shown to help promote healthy, balanced blood sugar levels safely and effectively.
Cinnamon may lessen damage of high-fat diet in rats. Press Release. American Heart Association. May 2017.
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Dana Nicholas is a freelance writer and researcher in the field of natural and alternative healing. She has over 20 years of experience working with many noted health authors and anti-aging professionals, including James Balch, M.D., Dr. Linda Page, “Amazon” John Easterling and Al Sears M.D. Dana’s goal is to keep you up-to-date on information, news and breakthroughs that can have a direct impact on your health, your quality of life… and your lifespan. “I’m absolutely convinced that America’s misguided trust in mainstream medicine – including reliance on the government to regulate our food and medicine supply – is killing us, slowly but surely,” she cautions. “By sharing what I’ve learned throughout the years I hope I can empower others to take control over their own health.”