I love cinnamon in my porridge but never realised how many health properties it has and that it actually can help you to lose weight!
May be we would use it a lot more if we just knew more about the real cinnamon health benefits.
Research has shown that cinnamon contains polyphenols that when they reach the blood stream makes the muscles absorb blood sugar (glucose). So besides acting as an antioxidant they also help in levelling out your blood sugar. Most research leans towards the fact that cinnamon improves the insulin-sensitivity in combination with acting as insulin. That means that cinnamon actuarially could take care of the glucose without the need of insulin. Research has also shown that cinnamon delays the gastric emptying when added to your meal.
A meal that includes cinnamon doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar but rather gives a flatter blood sugar curve, giving lower and normal insulin levels in the blood stream.
Meaning you stay full longer!
So why all the fuss about insulin?
It is practically impossible for the body to store any fat if there is no insulin, If insulin levels are kept low your fat burning abilities are given a boost.
In a study with 8 healthy men, it was found that after a single daily dose of 3 grams of cinnamon the fasting glucose was lowered with an impressive 13.1% and after 2 weeks it was reduced by 27.3% – insulin levels were regulated for up to 12 hours after taking the cinnamon.
There have been similar benefits recorded in Type II diabetes patients trials have also shown lowered LDL-cholesterol and lower triglycerides.
How to get the benefits of Cinnamon.
It’s so simple, just 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon per day in yogurt, porridge or a dessert. However don’t use cinnamon sticks as these don’t give the same health benefits.
3 grams of cinnamon is equivalent to 1 teaspoon, however we don’t recommend that you exceed this amount as it has shown to affect the liver in larger amounts. You don’t have to be on a diet to enjoy the benefits of cinnamon and if you look in your cupboard there is probably a jar already there. So what are you waiting for, sprinkles?