Fat Burning Foods - Cinnamon

 It is a well known fact that cinnamon is an effective fat burning food.  The essential oils in this sweet smelling spice enhance digestion and burn belly fat.  That in itself should convince you to include this spice in your weight loss regime.  Cinnamon, however, not only helps dieters shed those extra pounds, it can actually significantly improve your health.

Just how does cinnamon accomplish improving you health while promoting weight loss?  First of all, this “wonder” food helps to metabolize sugars by slowing the digestion process of food from the stomach to the intestines, lowering blood sugar levels and controlling insulin levels, thus lessening the occurrence of blood sugar spikes. By increasing the heart rate, it also decreases blood glucose, triglycerides and the “bad” cholesterol in certain diabetics.

This fat burning food is a potent antioxidant that prevents bacteria and fungi from spreading in the body.  The chemicals in cinnamon help to eliminate the clumping of blood platelets, causing it to have an anti-clotting effect on the blood, and, in the process, lessening inflammation.

Cinnamon is a good source of manganese, dietary fiber, iron and calcium.  Calcium and fiber assist in washing bile salts from the body; these bile salts can cause damage to cells in the colon.  The result of eating cinnamon is manifested in a decrease in the possibility of contracting colon cancer.

What other fat burning food can also lower high cholesterol levels, help prevent atherosclerosis and heart disease?  None that I know of.  Even people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome can benefit from eating cinnamon, since it can relieve the symptoms of constipation and diarrhea.  Let us not forget that cinnamon  can also alleviate the pain caused by arthritis. The Chinese really knew what they were doing when, for centuries, they used cinnamon to relieve the symptoms of colds or flu.  And physicians during the Middle Ages used cinnamon, as well, to treat coughing and sore throats.

If that weren’t enough, would you believe that cinnamon can actually make you smarter?  Studies have shown that just smelling the fragrant aroma of this spice can increase brain activity.  Participants in several studies had improved test scores, especially in tasks that required memory retention,  after being exposed to cinnamon.

Because cinnamon is naturally sweet, by adding it to your morning coffee or oatmeal, you can avoid those empty calories and leave the sugar bowl in the cupboard.  It is also a wonderful preservative;  add it to food to reduce bacterial growth and prevent food from spoiling.  This remarkable fat burning food even fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.  So what are you waiting for?  Start changing your life today by simply adding a tablespoon or two of cinnamon to your menu daily.  You’ll be astounded by the results…both inside and out.

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