Not only does cinnamon help you fight belly fat, but it has numerous other health benefits as well. It helps control blood sugar levels, maintain insulin levels and lower cholesterol. Besides that it is also a powerful antioxidant.
According to nutrition specialst Mike Geary (authour of The Fat Burning Kitchen) cinnamon is one of the most overlooked, but healthiest spices in the world…
- 1 How cinnamon helps you burn fat
- 2 Other benefits of cinnamon for your health and well being:
- 3 How to use cinnamon to get rid of stubborn belly fat
How cinnamon helps you burn fat
Cinnamaldehyde is an essential oil that helps give the cinnamon its distinctive flavor. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that Cinnamaldehyde can boost your metabolism by prodding your fat cells into burning energy (thermogenesis).
Cinnamon is said to impact abdominal (belly) fat more so than fat in other parts of your body. This is great because not only is abdominal fat the most dangerous type of fat… it’s also usually the hardest to get rid of. For anyone who is trying to lose belly fat naturally, this alone should be reason enough to stock up on cinnamon.
In addition, cinnamon acts as an appetite suppressant. It keeps you full for longer and helps reduce the risk of excessive snacking between meals.
Try this fat burning drink: Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon and one teaspoon of honey to a cup of boiling water.
Besides helping you burn fat and being delicious, there are other reasons to give cinnamon a prominent place in your spice rack.
Other benefits of cinnamon for your health and well being:
Cinnamon controls blood sugar levels
Maintaining a balanced blood sugar level is important for fat loss. Increased blood sugar levels can be problematic because they cause your body to store excess fat. This makes it harder for you to maintain or lose weight.
Cinnamon helps you do this by controlling insulin quantities. It can also act directly on the blood sugar itself. Studies have shown that adding cinnamon to a meal can lower its glycemic index by as much as 18-29%. Lower glycemic foods help to avoid spikes in your blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon helps maintain insulin levels
Cinnamon has another special power. It has the unique ability to imitate the activity of insulin in the body. Insulin helps regulate your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon helps regulate your insulin levels, thereby keeping your blood sugar levels balanced and preventing fat from being stored in your body.
Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants
Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants. These help protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
A study comparing the antioxidant activity of 26 spices declared cinnamon as the clear winner. It even outranked “superfoods” like garlic and oregano.
Cinnamon may have antibacterial and antifungal properties
Cinnamon, or more accurately its main active component Cinnamaldehyde, may help fight various kinds of infection.
Cinnamon oil has been shown to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria as well as effectively treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. Cinnamon may also help prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath.
Cinnamon may reduce the risk of heart disease
Heart disease is the world’s most common cause of premature death. Just 120 milligrams of cinnamon per day has been shown to reduce levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides as well as reducing blood pressure.
These are just some of the health benefits attributed to cinnamon. Studies also suggest that it may have beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkisnon disease and that it may help protect against cancer.
How to use cinnamon to get rid of stubborn belly fat
Probably the best way to benefit from cinnamon is to use it daily in your meals. You can use it in:
- yogurt or cottage cheese
- in your coffee (one of my favorites)
- or anything else you can think of where it would go well (get creative)
You could also use a cinnamon capsule before each of your meals, especially meals that contain more than 30 grams of carbs.
Taking cinnamon before meals can help you control blood sugar and insulin response from your meals. This helps control your appetite and cravings throughout the day, helping you to lose body fat more effectively over time.
So now you can see that not can is cinnamon help you to control blood sugar and get a leaner body… it has numerous other health benefits as well!
If you are interested in learning more about the power of eating natural foods for losing weight and boosting your health I really recommend Mike Geary’s book. You can read more about it in my Fat Burning Kitchen Review.