Breaking: Cinnamon Fights Fat Cells
Fight Fat With Ceylon Cinnamon
One of your favorite holiday spices might come with some surprising benefits related to weight loss. According to a brand new study published this year from the University of Michigan, the essential oil responsible for giving cinnamon its flavor (cinnamaldehyde) may have protective properties against obesity and hyperglycemia.
In the study, researchers at the University’s medical school found that cinnamon has the ability to improve metabolic health through inducing fat cells to burn energy stores.
Fat cells store lipids as a means of stocking up on energy for times of famine and cold. For your ancestor’s bodies, this was extremely important as high-fat foods were not always plentiful. Their bodies would store the fat and the convert it to energy for warmth when temperatures dropped.
Nowadays, high-fat foods are easily accesible for most people, but their bodies are still in fat-storage mode. For some reason, cinnamon helps to kick the body out of this cycle and stimulate the fat cells to burn their energy surplus, leading to weight loss and obesity prevention.
What’s The Best Type Of Cinnamon?
Whenever possible, always opt for Ceylon cinnamon as it is the highest quality and most potent.
How Can I Add More Cinnamon To My Diet?
Cinnamon is already present in most diets and there are many great recipes that include cinnamon. Because of its powerful benefits as a super-spice, we’ve included cinnamon in two of our products: Organifi Gold and Cacao Bliss. You can receive an effective dose of Ceylon cinnamon in both of these creamy, delicious drink powders.
Try some of these fat-busting cinnamon recipes below!
- 3 inch cinnamon stick
- Boil the cinnamon stick in 1 1/4 cups water for 15-20 minutes.
- Turn off heat and allow to steep for an additional 15 minutes.
Alternative: If you don’t have access to cinnamon sticks, mix 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder with hot water and stir until dissolved.
Makes: Approx 4 cups
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender or mixer.
- Pour into individual serving glasses.
- Refrigerate for a few hours until pudding firms up.
- Top with coconut whipped cream, sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and serve!
Makes: approx.16 oz.
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a small pan and heat tea to desired temp. Serve immediately.
Mother nature is always surprising us with how many incredible benefits can be found in whole foods! We are constantly looking through new research and published articles to learn more about what new discoveries science is making. You can count on us to deliver the best information in an easy-to-read format.
As always, we welcome your constructive feedback and comments! Let us know what you want to learn next in the comments below.
- Juan Jiang, Margo P. Emont, Heejin Jun, Xiaona Qiao, Jiling Liao, Dong-il Kim, Jun Wu. Cinnamaldehyde induces fat cell-autonomous thermogenesis and metabolic reprogramming. Metabolism, 2017; 77: 58 DOI: 10.1016/j.metabol.2017.08.006
Jenna Barrington is studying Therapeutic Nutrition and Holistic Medicine and aspires to be a practitioner, teacher and writer. She is passionate about education and helping others take control of their health.
Jenna lives with her husband in Utah and loves writing, cooking, green smoothies, training her dog, Japanese, spending time at the ocean, bungee jumping, walking barefoot in the grass and being with her family.
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