Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's the Skinny on Cinnamon?

I have been reading so much lately on the health benefits of cinnamon, and how it can help trim your waistline as well. I finally decided to give it a try, and here's why you should too! The main reason why taking cinnamon in spice or capsule form can aid in weight loss is the benefits it has with insulin resistance. Insulin resistance in the body can lead to increased fat storage because it reduces glucose uptake in your fat and muscle cells, thus resulting in storage of glucose as glycogen and triglycerides. The higher your body's insulin resistance is, the more insulin will be needed to be secreted by the pancreas. Effects on the body associated with insulin resistance include:
-High Blood Sugar
-Bloating (when your body does not efficiently digest carbohydrates and glucose, intestinal gas is produced)
-Weight Gain, Storage of Fat (mainly in the abdominal region), & Difficulty to Lose Weight
-Increased Appetite 

Tests have been conducted to determine the benefit of cinnamon with aiding in lowering insulin resistance. Test subjects were given around 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon per day, for 40 days. The results showed that blood sugar levels were lowered, the body's natural production of insulin increased, and cholesterol levels were lowered as well. Cinnamon was shown to improve the metabolic action of insulin resistance through increasing the uptake of glucose from the cellular level, as well as revamping the insulin signaling pathway within the muscles. 
You can incorporate cinnamon into your diet by sprinkling the spice on your favorite foods, or by picking up some cinnamon in capsule form at the grocery store. I have been doing a little bit of both. So go out and get spicy!!

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