Health benefits of cinnamon
Cinnamon is rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fiber. It has been used since the Middle Ages to treat diarrhea, indigestion and flatulence. Moreover, it helps in the treatment of bacterial infections, prevents the spread of cancer cells and the formation of stomach ulcers.
Cinnamon lowers blood sugar, as well as bad cholesterol level (LDL), without affecting good cholesterol (HDL). Therefore, it is also beneficial for patients with diabetes.
Lowering blood sugar levels and improving cholesterol level help reverse insulin resistance or pre-diabetes. Due to the fact that cinnamon has a sweet taste, it satisfies the sweet tooth, which is usually high in people with diabetes.
Cinnamon and weight loss
Cinnamon has a regulating effect on blood sugar level and, at the same time, it increases insulin level in the body. It imitates the biological activity of insulin and increases glucose metabolism. This is why it helps in slimming (high blood sugar level can lead to increased fat accumulation).
Furthermore, it affects the way sugar is metabolized as it prevents the change of metabolized sugar into fat. In addition, cinnamon delays the passage of food from the stomach to the intestines, so, after eating it, you feel full for a longer time and you eat less.
Cinnamon also helps the body to process carbohydrates more efficiently. Studies show that abdominal fat is more sensitive to cinnamon than fat from other parts of the body.
How should you include cinnamon in your daily diet?
You may add cinnamon to herbal tea, it will be healthy and tasty. Alternatively, add a teaspoon of cinnamon to your breakfast cereals or oat flakes, sprinkle it over toast or add a pinch to your morning cup of coffee.
Cinnamon intensifies the taste of food such as butter, cheese, cakes, apple and peach pies. It can also be added to fruit juices and ciders, for the same purpose.
You should make sure that the cinnamon used is fresh. Incorporating a teaspoon of cinnamon into your daily diet can definitely reduce your appetite and help you lose weight, especially fat layers around your waist.
However, remember that cinnamon itself does not help you lose weight permanently. For optimal results in your weight loss program, it is important to eat nutritious, healthy meals and exercise regularly.
Test the abovementioned method and see for yourself what the effects may be!