Cinnamon Tablets Aid Weightloss


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Recently, my roommate started to take cinnamon tablets to help her keep off the freshman 15.  I always thought this was a weight loss myth. I've heard people say to sprinkle some cinnamon on your food or put a cinnamon stick in your water, but I never thought it would make any significant affect. I decided to do some research to find out if cinnamon tablets can really help and see if I should be taking them too.

 According to Livestrong, "According to a study published by "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," cinnamon has been linked to weight loss because the spice stimulates, or increases, the metabolism of glucose. Glucose, or blood sugar, is a main source of energy and affects how hungry or energetic you feel." The Livestrong article also tells some of the benefits cinnamon can have. It says, "A benefit of cinnamon is its ability to delay food from progressing through the digestive system. Food is delayed in the stomach and, as a result, leaves you feeling full for a longer period of time. This results in a reduction of hunger and causes you to eat less. In addition to satiation, the active compound in cinnamon is methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP) and works to increase glucose metabolism, according to the USDA. Your blood sugar level determines whether you burn fat or store it. Increasing your glucose metabolism through the use of cinnamon tablets burns excess glucose, which is stored as fat in your body. In short, feeling less hungry and burning excess glucose more effectively equates to eating less and losing weight."

 Taking cinnamon tablets seems so appealing after reading these amazing benefits it has! So how much mg of these tablets should we be using per day? Buzzle says, "For better results, it is best to consume cinnamon in the form of capsules or pills. ½ - ¾ teaspoon of powdered cinnamon is equivalent to 2,000 mg. Taking 4 capsules of 500 mg daily, that is, one with breakfast, two along with lunch, and last one with dinner should be fine."

 What do you guys think? Do you think this sounds legit and would you personally try doing this to lose weight? I think this is the most natural weight loss pill you could ever find. We should still exercise regularly and eat well, but taking a cinnamon tablet will definitely move the weightloss process along quicker.

 

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I have never heard about this! I would have never thought that cinnamon could help with weight loss. It seems like a very natural way to keep off the pounds or help get rid of them. After reading your blog, I began to wonder if cinnamon had any other health benefits because often natural spices and herbs do. I found a very interesting article at Organic Authority's website. Here, it explains that the health benefits of cinnamon are very extensive! For example, it can help with Type 2 Diabetes because it will lower the levels of blood sugar, which in turn will allow the body to produce more insulin. This makes sense and goes along with what you were saying with the increased rate of metabolism when cinnamon is consumed. Cinnamon can also lower cholesterol levels, help with headache and migraine pain, and it can even reduce the production rate of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. The list is endless and cinnamon seems to only have positive effects, so why not try it?
Here's the article: http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html

Interesting Article! I have also never heard of this as a myth or as a successful tactic to employ when trying to lose weight. As Quinn stated, Cinnamon is a spice that can produce a ton of healthy benefits. According to Natural Health Resources (http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/are-cinnamon-supplements-effective-for-weight-loss) Cinnamon can be extremely helpful when trying to lose weight. Especially in a time when the FDA is attempting to steer people away from other dietary supplements, Cinnamon is a logical choice. The best thing can Cinnamon does in relation to weight loss is to control blood sugar levels, as it was said before. Another major effect that Cinnamon extract can have in a water-soluble base is its ability to increase lean body mass and help control fat cells to reduce overall body fat. WHile all this is positive, there are still requirements to produce the full weight loss effects. SImply sprinkling cinnamon on your dinner will help minimally, and actually will have more harmful effects. However, if you are to obtain cinnamon extract and take it in a standardized water-soluble base, it can act as a key ingredient in weight loss efforts.

I'm normally super skeptical of weight loss aids, but these cinnamon pills sound pretty harmless. Because there isn't a longitudinal study that follows the long term weight loss of anyone taking the cinnamon pills, I'm weary to come right out and say that these work. I think it's pretty clear though, as seen in your post and the comments above, that taking the cinnamon pills won't hurt you in any way. I'd be really interested in seeing the results of your roommates weight loss. I wonder if she will actually see any effects right away. One important question to keep in the back of your mind when using the experiences of others as a basis for judgement is whether or not they are changing their daily fitness and food routine in conjunction to taking the cinnamon pills. This way you can eliminate any third/confounding variables.
After reading this article from HealthDiaries.com, I've noted that to see results, you shouldn't just be taking any kind of cinnamon. In order to reap the health benefits discussed in this blog, you need to ensure you're taking true cinnamon, known as ceylon cinnamon. Many stores sell cassia, which is a chinese version of cinnamon but doesn't provide the same kinds of effects.

This is an interesting find! As much as I don't like to admit, I usually fall for the "fad diets" and always get left dissapointed. I have yet to hear about the cinnamon pills and decided to look up some long term effects of cinnamon. Everyone has always said that "anything in exess" is bad" but who knew cinnamon could have such fatal effects? According to Buzzle.com, "A person who is suffering from kidney problems, may experience a complete shut down of the kidneys due to excessive consumption. It also does the following:

Cinnamon also happens to possess anti-clotting properties, so if a person is consuming some blood thinners, they should not consume cinnamon. This will result in excessive bleeding.

Some people can even develop allergic reactions to cinnamon powder. This will cause irritation and itching on the skin, and also spread rashes on the body.

People who have ulcers in their mouths, may experience a burning sensation and pain right after consuming cinnamon.

Its oils must never be consumed by a person, as they can be very dangerous to the human body.

Cinnamon will also lead to an increased heart rate, and dyspnea (which is a kind of respiratory disorder).

Women who are either pregnant, or breastfeeding, must stay away from cinnamon and items containing it.

Its overuse can also lead to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and perioral dermatitis (a skin rash that occurs near the mouth).

Too much of it also causes drowsiness and clammy hands or excessive perspiration on the palms.

Stomach irritation can also be listed as one of the side effects as too much intake causes it to affect the stomach lining. It is also bad for people on antibiotics and blood sugar medication."

I always look up long term effects of things because I want to be around for a long time and I would hate to have a life cut short because of decision I made when i was younger based on vanity.

Source: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/cinnamon-side-effects.html

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