A rea­son to reach for cin­na­mon

First For Women - - Health -

It can com­bat the ef­fects of a high-fat diet, ac­cord­ing to find­ings pre­sented at a re­cent meet­ing of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion. In an animal study, rats on a high­fat diet who were given cin­na­mon sup­ple­ments had 37 per­cent less vis­ceral fat (dan­ger­ous fat around the or­gans), 25 per­cent lower lev­els of blood sugar and 18 per­cent lower liver weight (a marker of fatty liver dis­ease) af­ter 12 weeks than those not given the cin­na­mon.

The au­thors credit cin­na­mon’s an­tiox­i­dant, anti-in­flam­ma­tory com­pounds, which slow fat stor­age. Pre­vi­ous stud­ies in hu­mans have shown ben­e­fits from con­sum­ing about 1⁄4 tsp. of cin­na­mon a day.

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