Everyone, around the globe,is worried and conscious about his body weight and is searching a miracle food or a super pill for losing weight with no side effects. No doubt, a traditional spice, Cinnamon, is the solution of the worries. US – Food Drug Administration (FDA) has designated cinnamon as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe).
Researchers have discovered a fat-burning ingredient in Cinnamon that is Cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamaldehyde is an essential oil which gives it a distinctive taste and have promising affects against obesity. Jun Wu and his researchers from University of Michigan, United States of America have also tested the effects of Cinnamon in experimental mice and have proved its efficacy on human volunteers. They revealed that Cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil, activates thermogenesis and other metabolic processes in the human body which ultimately burns human fat.
Jun Wu said:
“Cinnamon has been part of our diets for thousands of years, and people generally enjoy it, if it can help protect against obesity, too, it may offer an approach to metabolic health that is easier for patients to adhere to”
No doubt, cinnamon is the part of our daily diet for thousands of years and people enjoy its taste generally. It is rich source of Manganese, Calcium, iron and fiber.
Health Benefits of cinnamon
Research proves that if we add cinnamon, which is a spice, in our daily diet can help us in losing weight (obesity). Cinnamon not only help to reduce human fat but also lowers the risks of heart attacks, control the cancer cells, prevents the formation of Stomach Ulcers, increases immunity of body against diarrhea and bacterial infections. Since Medieval period, people use cinnamon for curing of diarrhea. Cinnamon is found effective in lowering sugar level in human body by attacking on bad cholesterol levels (LDL) without disturbing the good cholesterols (HDL).
Health Mechanism of cinnamon
Cinnamon imitates the biological activity of insulin in the body of consumer by regulating the blood sugar level. It helps in the increase of sugar (glucose) metabolism. Since, according to the known phenomenon, high level of sugar in the body leads to the high storage of fats in the body. By consuming cinnamon, this storage of fat can be prevented in the human body which ultimately gives positive results of weight loss.
Cinnamon, a traditional spice, influences the sugar metabolism in the body and inhibits the transformation of that metabolized sugar into fat as a stored energy in the body. Additionally, cinnamon delays the process of digestion by postponing the passage of food from stomach to the intestine. Due to this delay, we feel satisfied and eat less which ultimately helps in losing weight.
Cinnamon works efficiently in the processing of body carbohydrates which again reduces the weight in pounds. Research has revealed that cinnamon works on belly fat more effectively and successfully than fat of other parts of body.
Following are some health benefits of cinnamon consumption:
- Cinnamon controls insulin level
Cinnamon has a unique characteristic of imitating the activity of hormone, insulin, in the body of consumer. Scientifically saying, insulin is a hormone which regulates the level of sugar (glucose) in the body. The maintenance of this sugar level is essential for the proper functioning of the body. People suffering from either condition of low sugar level or high sugar level can face serious health problems. The control of sugar level is critical for the diabetic patients (people who have high level of sugar in their blood). Even the patients who are non-diabetic, may have increased blood sugar level which can be problematic because the excess amount of fat can be stored in their body. The excess fat cause gain in body weight. In such cases, cinnamon helps in the regulation of blood level and not allow the excess fat to be stored in the body.
- Cinnamon activates metabolism
This common spice, cinnamon, has an ability not only to metabolize (breakdown) sugar but also the other carbohydrates (like fructose, sucrose etc.). because of this ability body utilizes the stored carbohydrates instead of converting it into excess fat. Its consumption itself initiates metabolic reactions. The consumption of cinnamon activates the process of metabolism in the body and uses extra stored energy. This boost burns more calories/ fats and leads to weight loss.
- Cinnamon lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol
Research on cinnamon has supported that it can help in the lowering of LDL (bad) cholesterol which ultimately prevent heart diseases. The health of heart becomes better in the sense of its functionality. It has revealed from the research that the use of cinnamon by diabetic patients help them in losing body weight.
- Cinnamon burns belly fat
Research on volunteers has exposed that the consumption of cinnamon has direct impact on the burning of belly fat and ultimately weight of body loses. The belly fat is a great problem for many people around the globe, so cinnamon is like good news for those. The belly fat is not only the matter of dress or pants size or fittings but it is very dangerous and alarming for most of vital organs of body. So, there is need of reduction in belly fat for good health.
- Cinnamon masks appetite
After the consumption of cinnamon, the body mechanism changes and food movement slows down from stomach to intestine. This is a blessing for the people who want to lose body weight. This makes them to feel full for the long time. In addition, the sweet taste of cinnamon helps the consumer to alleviate a sweet craving. It fulfils the feeling and appetite for sweetness during diet days. So, the consumers of cinnamon do not feel tempered to sweet desserts.
It is safe for the heart and type 2 diabetes patients. It is only work for patients but also prevent the chances of pre-diabetes by lowering sugar level and maintains the ratio of cholesterol which ultimately helps in the reversion of insulin resistance in the body of consumer.
How cinnamon can be used in daily diet?
Cinnamon is a common spice which is a superfood; it can be found in every house and can be added in routine foods.It can be incorporated in balanced diet by the following ways:
- Add cinnamon to your herbal tea and make it healthy and tasty.
- Add cinnamon and honey into hot cup of water
- Add a teaspoon of cinnamon (powdered) to your breakfast cereal, oatmeal
- Sprinkle cinnamon (a teaspoon) on your breakfast toast
- Add cinnamon in your cup of morning coffee or in regular tea.
- Cinnamon can be added on the butter, cheese, yogurt, apple pies/ peach pies
- It can be added to your juice drinks/ ciders
- Can take cinnamon in the form of capsules
But ensure that the cinnamon you are consuming should be fresh and pure. For the best and quick results, cinnamon alone will not work, you must have to choose balanced diet with regular exercise. This combination will give you positive results on permanent basis. Incorporation of one teaspoon of Cinnamon in your balanced food will not only reduce your appetite but also will help in losing the body weight and even will vanish the belly fat.