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How to use cinnamon for weight loss

Published on April 15, 2013, by in Nutrition.

Cinnamon is a very common spice used by many cultures around the world for thousand of years. It goes well with both desserts (aka cinnamon buns, cakes etc) and as well as salty goods as well like curries, toasts etc.

Cinnamon is a rich source of manganese, iron, calcium and fiber. Cinnamon has been used to treat diarrhea, indigestion, bloating and even as immune booster. Recent research has shown that cinnamon can effectively lower blood sugar levels. This can directly lead to reduced fat accumulation in the body.Learn how to effectively cinnamon for weight loss and lose those unwanted pounds

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How to use cinnamon for weight loss

Numerous studies have shown that cinnamon is a blood sugar stabilizer.See References[1], [2], [3]. This makes it a great choice not only for diabetics but also for people trying to lose those extra pounds.

When we eat, our body converts digestible carbohydrates into blood sugar (glucose), our main source of energy. Our pancreas creates a hormone called insulin that transports blood sugar into our body’s cells where it is used for energy.
If we eat more than we need to (overeating!), the blood sugar rises, the pancreas goes into overdrive to produce more and more insulin. This insulin surge tells our body there is plenty of energy available. Once our energy needs are met, insulin will store all the extra glucose as body fat for later use.

Read: Why and How we get fat?

 

Because of the cinnamons affect in controlling the blood sugar, there is less insulin in our system, causing our body to store less fat.

What is Insulin?

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which regulates glucose levels in the blood. Fat accumulation in the body is controlled by a hormone called insulin.

What is Insulin resistance?

is a condition in which your cells don’t respond to the hormone insulin, leading to an increase in insulin secretion and high blood sugar levels. It not only contributes to the development of diabetes, but also increases your risk for heart disease, obesity and kidney ailments.
People who are insulin resistance have reduced insulin sensitivity.

What is Insulin sensitivity?

This is opposite of insulin resistance. People who are insulin sensitive require relatively normal or low levels of insulin to process the glucose in their system.

Consumption of cinnamon leads to lowered blood sugar means less insulin in the system which in turn implies reduced fat storage.

cinnamon teaPhoto credit Soma.R

How to incorporate cinnamon in your daily diet?

  • Use cinnamon in any food you cook.
  • Add to your smoothies.
  • Add teaspoon of cinnamon to your cereal, toast, fruits
  • Make cinnamon tea. (my favourite)
    Boil some water. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to it. Let it steep for 5-10 mins. Strain and enjoy your cinnamon tea. Cinnamon capsules are also available but I have never tried them. Try to eat cinnamon with your food.

Summary

Just like green tea and other supplements, cinnamon can be used against your fight against fat. Use cinnamon wisely in conjunction with a balanced and healthy diet and proper exercise program and watch that fat melting off.

References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23102179  - Effect of ground cinnamon on postprandial blood glucose concentration in normal-weight and obese adults
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20515642  Cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity and alters the body composition in an animal model of the metabolic syndrome.
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18234131  Chromium and polyphenols from cinnamon improve insulin sensitivity

 

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4 Responses

  1. Great post! I’ve heard apples are another food like cinnamon that help stabilize blood sugar.

    • admin

      Thanks for your reply. I have read that Apple Cider Vinegar can help with fat loss as it can stabilize blood sugar just like cinnamon. Apples can be helpful too as they are loaded with fiber.

  2. Maria

    Yes, apple cider vinegar is widely used in many fat loss products and supplements. Personally, I notice that my appetite decreases when I take such supplements.
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    • admin

      I tried apple cider vinegar before, but I found the taste to be very bad. I prefer lemon juice to apple cider vinegar. All these supplements can aid with fat loss, but calorie restriction and strength training are the key to success.

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