Cinnamon Apparently May Help Fight Obesity

Faith Castro
November 25, 2017

According to Jun Wu, the lead author of the study that was published in the journal Metabolism, consuming cinnamon on a regular basis can cause fat cells to burn some energy instead of storing it all.

"Cinnamon has been part of our diets for thousands of years, and people generally enjoy it", said Jun Wu, research assistant professor at the University of MI.

Cinnamon can be effective in fight against obesity as the essential oil that given cinnamon its flavor, induces fat cell-autonomous thermogenesis and metabolic reprogramming, as per a new research conducted by a team from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute. Cinnamon, a common household spice may have abilities to improve your metabolic rate and aid weight loss, suggests a new study.

Wu said: "Scientists were finding this compound affected metabolism".

The team found that the human adipose stem cells and mouse fat cells they also tested and treated with CA began to go through thermogenesis, or started heating up.

Under the action of this compound significantly increased the expression of several genes and the production of enzymes, which increase lipid metabolism.

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A group of researchers under the leadership of candidate of technical Sciences Jung-Woo chose to look for "catalysts" which would launch the process of thermogenesis in human cells, so they are not hoarded and spent "fuel inventories".

'Cinnamon has been part of our diets for thousands of years, and people generally enjoy it, ' says Jun. "So if it can help protect against obesity, too, it may offer an approach to metabolic health that is easier for patients to adhere to", Wu said.

Once more valuable than gold, cinnamon - a popular ingredient in pumpkin spice lattes, mulled wine and egg-nog over the festive season - has been linked to reducing the risk of diabetes, lowering cholesterol, relieving symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and staving off heart disease and cancer. There was also an increase in Ucp1 and Fgf21 - important metabolic regulatory proteins involved in thermogenesis.

"It's only been relatively recently that energy surplus has become a problem. So any energy-consuming process usually turns off the moment the body doesn't need it. Cinnamaldehyde could be a natural trigger for this fat burning process in lieu of traditional drug regimens". In one study, researchers found that weight problem is one of the top factors that contribute to the development of cancer.

Adipocytes store lipids, which are a form of energy.

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. From an evolutionary standpoint, that stored energy can be used by the body during periods of food shortage, or converted to heat during colder months.

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