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Health 2 May 2018
By: Natasha Tanga

5 Reasons Why Cinnamon May Help You Lose Weight

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As we all know, weight loss is one of the most-discussed health topic of all time. Methods of exercises and various diets are available out there to be incorporated into your lifestyle. However, whether it is for aesthetic purposes or simply for health concerns, there is no instant way to shed those pounds. Especially when it comes to long-lasting weight loss. 

On this week's journal, we will explain the use of cinnamon as a great tool to integrate into your diet for weight loss. This fragrant herb is proudly endorsed as one of our best sellers for Herbana's Relief Sari line, as it has the unique ability to imitate the activity of insulin in the body. We have listed 5 points that explains why you can bank on this herb to help you lose those extra weight. Keep reading!

1. Acts as a blood sugar regulator 

Maintaining a regulated blood sugar level is important for weight loss. Cinnamon can help do this by controlling insulin quantities as well as directly act on the blood sugar itself. A study has shown that adding cinnamon to a meal can lower its glycemic index by 18-29%. Keep in mind that consuming lower glycemic foods is important to avoiding spikes in your blood sugar levels.

Glucose spikes that are either too high or too low can be dangerous, especially for people with diabetes. Even within non-diabetics, increased blood sugar levels can be problematic because they cause excess fat to be stored, making it harder for people to maintain or lose weight. Cinnamon also helps regulate your glucose levels so this excess fat does not build up.

2. Speeds up your metabolism

As explained above, it's indicated that the spice has the ability to alter the metabolism of not only sugar, but carbohydrates as well. Cinnamon helps your body function better by enabling it to use your carbohydrate storage, so that they do not turn into excess fat. Therefore causing a metabolic reaction, similar to when you eat chili. The presence of the cinnamon in your body allows your metabolism to speed up just because it takes a little extra energy to metabolize. This metabolism boost allows you to burn more calories and assists with weight.

3. Lowers LDL cholesterol

Research has also shown proofs that cinnamon can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, which is great for heart health. By consuming cinnamon frequently, diabetic participants in a recent study showed lower LDL among other weight loss indicators like BMI. 

However, keep in mind that cinnamon can interact with numerous medications, including diabetes drugs and medications that may harm the liver. Taking large amounts of cinnamon can be particularly risky for people with existing liver disease. You may want to consult with your physician if you have questions about cinnamon and your cholesterol levels.

4. Helps to burn stubborn belly fat

The consumption of cinnamon is said to impact abdominal fat more so than fat found in other parts of your body. This is often a problem area for many, so this is good news for those who have struggled to lose body fat. Not only does it benefit your dress or pants size, but abdominal fat is actually the most dangerous type of fat as it surrounds some of our most vital organs. For this reason, less belly fat is good for your overall health.

5. Suppresses appetite

Cinnamon can actually slow down the process of moving food into your stomach. This is a good thing for those attempting to lose weight because this activity will help you feel full for a longer period of time. In addition, the sweet nature of cinnamon can help alleviate cravings for sweets or high calorie desserts. 

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