According to a new study, cinnamon can help reduce your risk of one of the most dreaded conditions: metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome isn’t technically a “disease.” Instead, it’s a cluster of risk factors – like excess fat around the middle, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol – that put you on a path to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Spice it up
For the study, 116 people with metabolic syndrome were randomly assigned to add either 3 grams of cinnamon daily or a placebo to their meals. After four months, those who added cinnamon to their diets saw a decrease in all of the risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome.
Compared to those in the placebo group, the participants who ate cinnamon reduced the fat around their bellies… their body mass index… fasting blood sugar… and blood pressure!
Even their lipid (blood) panel came back better than before, with reductions in both LDL “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides.
These improvements added up to an overall 10 per cent reduction in heart attack risk for the cinnamon group.
Not only that, but nearly 35 per cent of those in the cinnamon group lowered their risk factors so much that they were no longer considered to have metabolic syndrome – compared to just 5 per cent of those in the placebo group.
Cinnamon – which actually comes from the bark of a tree – is a staple in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, and it’s also been proven to wipe out cold and flu viruses… help prevent the “tangles” in the brain that can cause Alzheimer’s… and even help ward off diabetes.
Cinnamon is also a good source of the trace mineral manganese – good for healthy bones, nerves, and thyroid function.
It’s delicious sprinkled on naturally sweet dishes like baked apples and sweet potatoes as well as savoury dishes like roasted chicken or pork.
In fact, one of the best ways to get a good dose is to boil cinnamon sticks in water to make tea.
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Cinnamon Can Reduce Fat, Cut Heart Attack Risk: Study, lifeextension.com/News/LefDailyNews?NewsID=27064&Section=NUTRITION
Effect of oral cinnamon intervention on metabolic profile and body composition of Asian Indians with metabolic syndrome: a randomized double -blind control trial, lipidworld.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12944-017-0504-8