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How cinnamon may counter damage from a high-fat diet

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Researchers say that cinnamon may decrease the damage of a high-fat diet.


Cinnamon is a delicious spice which has been associated with many health benefits. New research points to a possible role of cinnamon in helping to counter the damage of a high-fat diet.

The risk of cardiovascular damage from a high-fat diet may be decreased by cinnamon

The American Heart Association reports that research on rats has shown that cinnamon may decrease damage of a high-fat diet. According to this study the risk of cardiovascular damage from a high- fat diet may be decreased by cinnamon via activation of the body’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems and slowing down of the process of fat storing.

For this study rats were fed cinnamon supplements for 12 weeks with a high-fat diet. In comparison to the rats that were not fed cinnamon along with their high-fat foods, the rats which were fed cinnamon with a high-fat diet did not weigh as much, did not have as much belly fat, and had blood levels of sugar, insulin and fat which were healthier. It is suggested by these findings that cinnamon may lower the negative effects of a high-fat diet.

It has been suggested that combining cinnamon with honey is a good way to fight off disease. Cinnamon has such powerful health promoting effects it may also benefit the treatment of Parkinson's Disease.

There are many other potential health benefits of cinnnamon

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There are many other potential health benefits of cinnnamon reports Medical News Today. This tasty spice comes from the branches of wild trees which belong to the genus "Cinnamomum". These trees are native to the Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and South America.

Next to black pepper cinnamon is considered as the second most popular spice in the United States and Europe. In ancient Egypt cinnamon has been consumed ever since 2000 BC. Cinnamon was used by doctors to treat conditions such as coughing, arthritis and sore throats in medieval times.

Cinnamon appears to have some beneficial health properties according to modern research. Cinnamon may benefit treatment of vomiting, help treat muscle spasms, infections, diarrhea, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Diabetes UK reports that blood sugar in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes may be decreased with cinnamon. Cinnamaldehyde, which is a chemical that is found in Cassia cinnamon, may help fight against bacterial and fungal infections, according to the National Institutes of Health. Cinnamon may also help prevent Alzheimer's disease according to Tel Aviv University researchers.

It should be noted that there may be an increased risk of liver damage after consuming cinnamon flavored foods, drinks and food supplements in some people who are sensitive to cinnamon. This appears to be because cinnamon contains coumarin, which is a naturally occurring flavoring substance, which has been associated with liver damage.

Overall cinnamon seems to offer many health benefits. In people who are not sensitive to cinnamon this spice offers a delicious way to possibly counter damage from a high-fat diet while also providing many other health benefits.