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Cinnamon Combats Diabetes, Boosts Weight Loss

Cinnamon Combats Diabetes, Boosts Weight Loss
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By    |   Wednesday, 24 January 2018 09:56 AM

The key to burning fat, preventing diabetes and lowering your cholesterol may be as easy as shaking some cinnamon onto your food, the latest medical research shows.

Although herbalists consider cinnamon a medicinal aid, using it for thousands of years to treat ailments ranging from bad breath to upset stomach, most people consider it primarily a flavor enhancer.

But new research has scientists taking another look, as recent studies appear to find cinnamon may have myriad benefits — boosting weight loss, and combatting diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

     Diabetes is a serious disorder in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting elevated levels of glucose in the blood.

This excess blood sugar damages blood vessels and organs throughout the body, raising the risk for heart attack, kidney diseases, blindness, amputation, and more.

“Cinnamon has tremendous benefits for people with diabetes,” Dr. David Brownstein tells Newsmax Health.

“When my patients take cinnamon, their blood sugar levels are lower,” adds Brownstein, a board-certified family physician and medical director for the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich.

Researchers at Ohio Northern University found in a recent clinical trial that diabetics given a cinnamon supplement had, after 12 weeks, lower blood glucose levels than those who took a placebo.

In fact, the reduction was equal to taking the prescription diabetes drug metformin.

This glucose-lowering effect may be due to compounds found in cinnamon known as phenols. They bind to a protein called Sirtuin-1 (also known as Sirt-1), which aids in the metabolism of glucose, the researchers believe.

The results also lasted after the participants stopped taking the supplement, indicating that changes might be occurring at the genetic level, said lead researcher Amy Stockert, who presented the study findings at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s annual meeting last April.

“Cinnamon is not toxic and should be tried first, before other diabetes medications,” says Brownstein, a Newsmax contributor and editor of the Natural Way to Health newsletter.

Some experts warn cinnamon could damage the liver, but it would have to be ingested at far higher quantities than considered normal in order for this to occur, says Brownstein.

In addition to diabetes benefits, cinnamon is also heralded for its fat-burning qualities.

Scientists at the University of Michigan believe it is cinnamaldehyde, the essential oil that gives the spice its flavor, that boosts metabolism by acting directly on fat cells, or adipocytes, inducing them to start burning energy through a process known as thermogenesis.

In addition, cinnamon also may help reduce triglycerides, the dangerous blood fats known also as “remnant” cholesterol.

There is evidence that triglycerides may be even more dangerous than LDL “bad” cholesterol when it comes to causing stroke.

A recent Penn State University study found a meal rich in spices, including cinnamon, lowered participants’ triglycerides more than a blander diet.

In Israel, scientists believe that cinnamon’s benefits may even extend to combatting Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers at Tel Aviv University mixed an extract of cinnamon into the drinking water of fruit flies and mice, which had been raised to be especially vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease.

After four months the scientists found the disease's development had slowed down and the animals' longevity and activity resembled that of their healthy counterparts.

The extract also helped break up amyloid proteins that form the sticky plaque found in the brains of people with the disease.

Brownstein recommends to his patients with diabetes that they dust cinnamon on appropriate foods at each meal. In addition, they can ingest ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon once or twice daily if they wish, he says.

“When it comes to cinnamon, I don’t think people can go wrong — and it helps food taste better too,” he adds.

Registered dietician nutritionist Vicki Shanta Retelny offers these suggestions on incorporating cinnamon into your meals:

  • Toss with pecans, pistachios, walnuts, or almonds and roast them for a flavorful snack.
  • Add to marinades or dressings to pack a punch.
  • Sprinkle into your morning coffee.
  • Add to marinara sauce and pour over pasta.
  • Sprinkle over diced apples or pears and spoon into plain yogurt.
  • Dust on sliced eggplant or petit carrots with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper it, then roast.

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