Cinnamon Burns Fat
As the article states, this is no “silver bullet” but the fact that cinnamon burns fat is quite helpful. Here we can follow Hippocrates’ advice “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” For pennies most people can add cinnamon to a healthy meal and reap the benefits of cinnamon. Far better to prevent so many obesity-based chronic diseases than spend thousands of dollars on medicine and years of suffering.
Cinnamon is no miracle cure, but it might help fight those extra pounds.
Researchers have known for a while that cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor and odor, can boost metabolism in mice, but the mechanism through which it does this wasn’t so well understood. Now, Jun Wu, research assistant professor at the LSI, has applied cinnamaldehyde to fat cells from both rats and humans. He and his colleagues learned that the oil acts directly on the fat cells (also called adipocytes), causing them to burn energy through thermogenesis (heat generation). In other words, cinnamon oil makes fat cells burn out.
Now, this doesn’t mean that tossing cinnamon into your latte or pastry will help you lose any extra pounds. The world has a massive obesity problem, and no silver bullet will cure that — even if it’s cinnamon coated. Many media outlets tend to greatly exaggerate such benefits, and consumers end up believing that this or that food can magically get rid of obesity. Nothing can replace a healthy diet and exercise. However, as part of a balanced lifestyle, cinnamon might also help.
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