Here's How Cinnamon Can Help Trigger Speedy Weight Loss

Here's How Cinnamon Can Help Trigger Speedy Weight Loss

Here's How Cinnamon Can Help Trigger Speedy Weight Loss

Cinnamaldehyde helps burn fat and convert it into heat.

It's no miracle food, but cinnamon might someday be used to fight obesity. Previous studies have found that cinnamaldehyde is able to protect mice from obesity and hypoglycemia, so scientists from MI made a decision to find out if the same compound works on human fat cells by conducting several experiments.

Cinnamaldehyde appears to work against fat cells called adipocytes and launch thermogenesis, a process that burns excess energy.

An astonishing new study indicates that consuming more cinnamon can speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight. "So we wanted to figure out how-what pathway might be involved, what it looked like in mice and what it looked like in human cells".

The findings revealed that when the human cells were treated with cinnamaldehyde, there was a spike in expression of several genes and enzymes that enhance lipid metabolism. Now, Jun Wu, research assistant professor at the LSI, has applied cinnamaldehyde to fat cells from both rats and humans.

The research paper informed, "CA activates thermogenic and metabolic responses in mouse and human primary subcutaneous adipocytes in a cell-autonomous manner, giving a mechanistic explanation for the anti-obesity effects of CA observed previously and further supporting its potential metabolic benefits on humans".

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Professor Jun Wu, of the Life Sciences Institute at the University of MI, said: "Cinnamon has been part of our diets for thousands of years - and people generally enjoy it". Wu said he hopes that this spice that has been part of the human diet for centuries could offer protection against obesity that is becoming a rising epidemic worldwide.

Her team tested the adipocytes of volunteers with a range of ages, ethnicities and BMIs (body mass indices). Moreover, they also noted increased production of proteins Ucp1 and Fgf21, which are important metabolic regulators and are involved in thermogenesis. While this was useful to our ancestors who consumed less high-fat foods and needed to store energy, this is essentially what is causing an unhealthy excess of fat.

"It's only been relatively recently that energy surplus has become a problem". But ultimately, the findings are promising and could lead to more effective metabolic treatments in the future. "Throughout evolution, the opposite-energy deficiency-has been the problem".

Wu says cinnamaldehyde could be a natural trigger for this fat burning process in lieu of traditional drug regimens.

Dr Veronique Chachay, a researcher and lecturer in nutrition science at the University of Queensland, says it is too early to recommend cinnamon as an obesity prevention tool. In one study, researchers found that weight problem is one of the top factors that contribute to the development of cancer.

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