Is cinnamon for weight loss possible? Your diet’s secret weapon can be found in your medicine cabinet! Find out all the health benefits of cinnamon by reading on below.
If you’re like most people, you definitely have cinnamon in your spice cabinet. You happily add it to your oatmeal, muffins, cookies and more. But did you know that its amazing flavor is not the only benefit it has to offer? Would you be more inclined to incorporate it in your cooking if cinnamon has been researched for its ability to help aid digestion, improve circulation and amazingly even act as a natural way to help your body turn into a fat-burning machine?! I bet your answer is yes!
What’s more, out of the top 26 researched herbs and medicinal spices in the world, cinnamon is ranked first for its antioxidant levels. Discover the top health benefits that you can expect from cinnamon as well as learn why many cultures historically have been using this powerful plant medicinally for thousands of years.
1. Amazing Antioxidant/Anti-Inflammatory Superfood
We’ve all heard the buzzword antioxidant, but there are actually different types that determine the potency and health benefits of each kind. Cinnamon’s protective strength is attributed to the antioxidants called polyphenols, phenolic acid, and flavonoids that are also found in other superfoods. These active compounds can help fight free radical damage, thereby potentially slowing down the aging process. If you don’t find you’re naturally incorporating cinnamon into your daily meals, I recommend taking it daily in a capsule form.
2. Helps Beat the Bloat
Nothing is more uncomfortable or embarrassing as excessive gas, indigestion, constipation or even diarrhea. Instead of turning to an OTC medication, why not utilize a natural source of support such as cinnamon? The reason why I like to recommend cinnamon for digestive issues is because it really does address any problem a client might be having in this area. It contains an agent that can help break up intestinal gas, it calms the stomach, stimulates a weak digestive tract and can aid as a post-meal resource for those with indigestion. You can add one teaspoon to a cup of tea after meals for the best results.
3. Fuels Fat Burning
With the average person being 30 pounds overweight, you most likely have a few pounds to lose yourself or would like to get rid of some unwanted body fat. According to the Journal of Nutrition, cinnamon can support your weight loss goals because of the way it helps our bodies burn calories and feel satisfied after a meal. It can increase our thermogenesis, which is the rate at which our bodies burn calories. In addition, cinnamon has been studied for its ability to slow the passing of food from the stomach to the small intestine, therefore improving satiety after meals.
4. Keeps Your Blood Sugar Levels in Check
When I first start working with a new client, I can tell you the majority of them feel addicted to sugar and are definitely consuming a high amount of carbohydrates, especially processes carbs. If you feel this way, you’re not alone, but it’s important to understand that if this continues, it can lead to high blood sugar levels in the body. Left unchecked, we develop insulin resistance and the body starts storing this extra sugar as body fat. Excessive sugar leads to weight gain, commonly in the abdominal area, but cinnamon can cause our body to metabolize glucose more efficiently. Along with swapping the processed carbs for fruits, veggies and gluten-free grains, I like to have my clients supplement with cinnamon.
5. Overall, It’s Your Spice-Rack’s Best-Kept Secret.
My absolute favorite thing about cinnamon is that it positively impacts so many areas of our health. Not only does it help us look and feel better, it also has been shown to improve circulation, which is imperative for a healthy heart, as well as strengthen memory and overall brain health. Currently, one in nine people over the age of 65 develop Alzheimer’s disease, not to mention those affected by other neurological issues such as dementia or memory loss. Collectively we’re starting to see that our state of health is more impacted by our diet and lifestyle, not so much on what we’ve inherited from our parents. When you start to make the link between your food choices and your health, it’s easy to be excited about adding more cinnamon to your diet.
As you can see, cinnamon truly is a superstar superfood and it’s no wonder why people have used it around the world for thousands of years. Sometimes we get caught up in the latest fad but I’ve always had such a respect for plants like cinnamon that have stood the test of time. There’s not really a need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to our health, we just have to take a look at nature and see what it has to offer.