Would you like to make your body more sensitive to the insulin it naturally releases? So that when you eat you can take advantage of its muscle-building effects? And would you like to avoid the fat-gaining effects of producing too much insulin (being insulin resistant)? If so, cinnamon has got you covered…
Beyond spicing up your meals, you probably never have given cinnamon a second thought. Despite having been used for millennia, recent studies have shown just how powerful this common and inexpensive spice can really be. The simple addition of cinnamon to your diet has been shown in several studies to…
- Delay gastric emptying
- Lower blood glucose levels following a meal
- Reduce fasting insulin
- Make up for temporary insulin resistance due to lack of sleep
All of which help to improve your health, reduce your risk of disease as well as aid in your fat-loss efforts. To reap the glucose-controlling benefits of cinnamon, add a couple teaspoons to your breakfast, smoothies, snacks and healthy deserts.
- Hlebowicz J, Darwiche G, Bjorgell O, Almer L-O. Effect of cinnamon on postprandial blood glucose, gastric emptying, and satiety in healthy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 2007;85:1552-1556.
- Solomon T, Blannin A. Changes in glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity following 2 weeks of daily cinnamon ingestion in healthy humans. European Journal of Applied Physiology 2009;105:969-976.
- Hlebowicz J, Hlebowicz A, Lindstedt S, et al. Effects of 1 and 3 g cinnamon on gastric emptying, satiety, and postprandial blood glucose. Insulin, glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, glucagon-like peptide 1, and ghrelin concentrations in healthy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;89:815-821.