Cinnamon Facts

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I really enjoy my coffee brewed with cinnamon and with it being paleo aproved it is a great way to add flavor. This interesting article explains the benefits cinnamon brings to your digestive system. Check it out.


A little background:

  • Cinnamon contains a compound called cinnamomum cassia, which has beneficial effects that come from methylhydroxychalcone (MHCP) which is responsible for the improved glucose levels seen with cinnamon therapy. This is used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes because it slows the rate of gastric emptying after a meal and improves glucose uptake, which reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Cinnamon has an effect on blood glucose levels. The uptake of glucose into the cell is stimulated, which stimulates glycogen synthesis, and insulin sensitivity increases. The aqueous form of cinnamon has been shown to increase glucose uptake better than ingesting cinnamon in another form. Lower dosages of cinnamon/extract are recommended. One study suggested that taking 1-3 grams daily for 20 days showed better results than 6 or more grams per day.  One gram of cinnamon is equal to approximately one-half teaspoon. A recommended single dose would be between one-half to one and a half teaspoons. Cinnamon does not need to be ingested daily because its effects last for up to a day following a single dose.
  • The metabolic effects of cinnamon have an indirect effect on body fat. With the increase in insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake, there can be a reduction in body fat. The greatest effects are seen through a reduction in central adiposity (belly fat). So the weight-loss effects are not a direct effect from cinnamon; instead it is merely an indirect effect from decreasing insulin insensitivity and possibly decreased body fat.