The Weight Loss Benefits of Cinnamon

The Weight Loss Benefits of Cinnamon

With its tempting and fragrant aroma, it is no wonder that cinnamon is one of the most popular spices in the world.

However alongside its culinary usage, various researches have shown there may be real weight loss benefits of using cinnamon.

It is important to note that, as with any dietary supplement, there is no magical way to make you lose weight. Less calories ingested and regular exercise is still your primary path toward achieving your goal.

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Blood Sugar Levels and Cinnamon

When you eat some food your body converts it into blood sugar. The more you eat the higher the levels of sugar in your body.

Certain types of food, like for example white bread, are rapidly digested and cause sudden rises in your blood sugar levels.

The higher the glycemic index of a food, the larger and more sudden increase in your blood sugar levels.

As your blood sugar levels rise, your body produces insulin, a hormone that prompts cells to absorb blood sugar.

Some is used for energy and the excess amount is turned into fat storage.

If you eat a lot of food with a high glycemic index your blood sugar levels spike, and then suddenly crash as insulin does its work.

You quickly become hungry again and that leads to overeating.

When such a habit persists, your body has to release excess amounts of insulin which causes it to linger in the bloodstream, effectively putting the body in constant fat-storage mode.

Alongside gaining weight, this leads to an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

This is where cinnamon may help…

In a study, published in the Journal Diabetes Care in 2003, 30 people with type 2 diabetes were given cinnamon for 40 days.

The results were impressive; to say the least. All participants experienced a significant decrease in blood sugar, triglycerides, and LDL and cholesterol levels.

This fact is owed to the unique bioactive compound found in cinnamon which imitates effects of insulin in the body.

Even though further research is needed, this discovery may qualify cinnamon as an insulin substitute.

In an animal study, published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism in 2011, a group of rats were observed to have 50% reduction in post meal levels of blood sugar after being given some amounts of cinnamon.

When your insulin and blood sugar levels are stable, and are less prone to sudden spikes and crashes, weight loss becomes significantly easier.

Metabolism and Cinnamon

In 2000, USDA announced that cinnamon intake increased blood sugar metabolism 20-fold. In an additional study, published in 2010, in Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics it was suggested that adding cinnamon to your diet reduces body fat and increases lean mass.

In 2009 study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a group of Scandinavian researchers found that by taking cinnamon, alongside lowering your insulin, you delay gastric passing of food you ingest.

Cassia and Ceylon Cinnamon

By delaying the passing of food from the stomach to the intestine you are satiated for longer time. Not only does that keep you full but also prevents overeating.

Again, this is no substitute for exercise, but such a boost in metabolic processing rate allows you to burn more calories and achieve optimal weight loss.

Long Term Effects

Even though taking cinnamon may have benefits on your blood sugar levels, in order to sustain them you need to take cinnamon on a daily basis.

A study published in the Journal of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism in 2008, tested people for long term benefits of using cinnamon.

The effects were immediate but were found to be sustainable for up to 12 hours. In another research published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology showed that positive effects of insulin ceased when the cinnamon intake was stopped.

Cinnamon

As we all know, when you are on a diet sweets are off limits. However, that may not always be easy and cinnamon can certainly help here.

You can substitute the amount sugar which you would normally put in your sweet dishes with cinnamon as its properties enhance the sweetness of food.

Another extremely popular recipe is combining cinnamon with honey. Both ingredients have strong antibacterial properties and will not only give overall boost to your health, but will also help keep your stomach micro flora healthy.

Even though there are significant weight loss benefits of cinnamon, please consult with your doctor before taking it.

Taking cinnamon is not safe for people with liver damage and can adversely interact with medications that affect your blood sugar levels.

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18 thoughts on “The Weight Loss Benefits of Cinnamon

  1. I’m confused about the statement that everything we eat turns to blood sugar….so what if we eat sugary stuff? I don’t understand because cinnamon is quite sweet itself, so wouldn’t this be transferred as fat as well in our system? Please explain as I am interested in the cinnamon diet

    1. I’m sorry but I’m really struggling to get your question there mate? Maybe if you reword it slightly I will get where you are coming from? In layman’s terms – cinnamon helps regulate your levels so excess fat does not build up! A regulated blood sugar level is super-important for successful weight loss!

      Hope this helps! 🙂

  2. HI there Chris,

    That is quite a discovery for Cinnamon, which is commonly and traditionally used in Spain as an aphrodisiac. Make it a win win situation for singles, lose weight, slim up and get laid all in one!

    As a blood sugar regulator, like the tropical fruits mangosteen, rambutan and the herb ginseng it is certainly something to be added to ones diet to help avoid and prevent getting diabetes.

    1. Haha I like that – lose weight, slim up and get laid! Sounds like a Christmas present list doesn’t it? 🙂

  3. Really interesting post – I had heard that cinnamon can be helpful to people with diabetes but I had no idea of the impact it could have on metabolism. I’m going to get myself some pure honey and cinnamon and give the daily drink a whirl. Do you recommend any particular type or brand of cinnamon and/or honey?

  4. Wow thank you for this article. I had no idea that cinnamon had such qualities. I usually drink water with lemon quite a lot but I watched the video and think I will have a go at trying the cinnamon and honey water thing. I do love the taste of cinnamon so I think I will be quite happy to give it a try. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Interesting information about Cinnamon. It is a common ingredient in many of the curry recipes in Asian countries and should be available in the natural, organic form easily.

    It will be a boon to those who may be diabetic and are averse to a exercise routine advised by the doctors. If it works in weight loss, it could be adapted into one’s lifestyle to enjoy the benefits.

    I liked the easy flow of the post. Will certainly visit again to know more.

  6. I have found out the many benefits of cinnamon. Any Diabetic should follow this . Cinnamon lowers blood sugar. It lowers the level of triglycerides and low density lipoproteins and cholesterol. Diabetics need a spice that will increase blood sugar metabolism 20X.
    I will try to use it on a daily basis. I see information is backed by scientist and doctors at medical centers I trust.

    1. Hello once again Matthew!

      Sorry for the delay – this comment seemed to to slip by me somehow! I presume there are organic versions out there Matthew – there’s organic EVERYTHING these days! 🙂

  7. I love cinnamon! I always heard it had great health benefits, but I did not know that it could actually lower blood sugar levels.

    I’m also glad you stated that there is no such thing as a miracle cure for losing weight, it is always a calorie numbers game and so many people tend to think there is a ‘magic bullet’ they are missing out on!

    My mother used to drink a lot of cinnamon tea and I was wondering if that format had the same sort of benefits for you? I know there must be some sort of change when it is put into a liquid/drink format but surely there are some benefits left in it?

    Thanks for the great info about cinnamon – this is the fourth article I have read from your site today and each one was fully enjoyable!

    Love this health site and love the way you approach each health topic!

    Matthew

    1. Hi Matthew,

      Well first off – thanks for sticking around and reading so many of our articles! Always nice to hear from someone who enjoys our content and advice.

      Much like eating ‘typical’ cinnamon, Drinking down cinnamon tea will help control the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and regulate blood sugar – so it’s a very healthy option of tea!

      This type of cinnamon drink is also excellent for correcting digestive problems – especially the embarrassing condition of gas!

      Hope this helps you mate – great to have you here! 🙂

  8. Great article! I read some research a while back that showed adding a bit of cinnamon to your morning coffee boosted metabolism for the entire day and calories were more likely to be used immediately instead of stored as fat. I use some in my coffee every day and also add to yogurt, oatmeal, and baking. Such an easy and delicious way to boost health and lose weight!

    1. Hi there Marc,

      It’s great to hear that you are already reaping the benefits of Cinnamon. I also heard about the ‘coffee boost’ a while back and it was actually the subject that inspired me to write this article! Cinnamon certainly is a simple and delicious way to boost health and lose weight at the same time!

      Thanks for reading our work and thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts with us.

      Stay Healthy! 🙂

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