Cinnamon is much more than just a tasty addition to holiday cookies and foamy cappuccino? This popular spice has therapeutic properties, especially in connection to weight loss, that dieters will definitely appreciate.
Its spicy taste has thermogenic properties, that is, it creates heat – which is subconsciously why we all love it in the winter time. Cinnamon can reduce cholesterol levels, has a powerful effect on blood sugar levels and is also an appetite suppressant; these characteristics make it an effective help in the struggle with obesity, insulin resistance, and slow metabolism.
Benefits of cinnamon
The ancient Chinese found many conditions can be treated with cinnamon, including indigestion, diarrhea, bloating and weight loss. Early civilizations recognized its ability to stop bacterial growth. During the Middle Ages, it was mixed with cloves and warm water, and placed in the sick rooms of victims of the Bubonic Plague.
Cinnamon can help you fight weight problems as it lowers blood sugar levels and increases insulin levels in the bloodstream. Lowering elevated blood glucose levels and contrasting insulin resistance can have a positive correlation to weight loss, thus making cinnamon the perfect, health-safe and easily available supplement.
In addition to aiding weight loss, cinnamon has many beneficial effects on the body:
it soothes and calms the stomach, can be used to treat indigestion and may help prevent ulcers
with its anti-bacterial properties, it can help fight bacteria that cause urinary tract infections and fungus associated with yeast infections
it can have favorable effects on brain function and memory: test subjects who were exposed to the smell of cinnamon or who chewed cinnamon gum were found to have better cognitive functions and better memory
Spice up your diet!
While on a weight loss regimen, you can take cinnamon in several ways. You can purchase this spice in stick or ground form, and you can also find it in herbal teas or in capsules for easy ingestion.
Following are some suggestions to easily include cinnamon in your diet:
use a cinnamon stick to stir your herbal tea or your hot chocolate
add ground cinnamon to fruit salads and puddings
sprinkle some of this ground spice on your breakfast cereal or oatmeal
add a little cinnamon to your morning coffee or cappuccino
try stirring ½ teaspoon of cinnamon in unsweetened applesauce
The suggested dosage is ½ to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon daily.
Make sure the cinnamon you are using daily is fresh; a strong and sweet smell is a good indication of freshness. To preserve its qualities, store it in an air-tight container and stash it away from the light.
Healthy cinnamon and weight loss tips
Although cinnamon is commonly used as a seasoning, check with your physician or natural practitioner before starting to use it for weight loss purposes, especially if you plan to use large quantities of this spice, at therapeutic levels. It is possible that you will be stimulating your insulin and glucose regulating mechanisms, and this might modify your medication needs.
In a study on sixty subjects with type-2 diabetes on prescription medication, a cinnamon dosage of less than two teaspoons a day significantly reduced blood sugar levels and increased the production of insulin. As a secondary benefit, cholesterol levels were lowered. The benefits continued even after the test subjects stopped taking cinnamon supplements.
“Cinnamon: Help for Insulin Resistance and Weight Loss” on the Thyroid Info website, http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/cinnamon.htm