Cinnamaldehyde From Cinnamon Can Fight Obesity As Study Finds

cinnamaldehyde and its role in fighting obesity
Ah, the smell of cinnamon on your coffee! This spice is commonly associated with sweet desserts. It is good for your health. And you will love it even more. In a study from the University of Michigan, researchers found that the cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon could attack fat cells, thereby, effective in fighting obesity. 

What is cinnamaldehyde? 

It is an essential oil in cinnamon. The study showed that the oil could boost metabolic health by stimulating fat cells to burn energy, which is a process known as thermogenesis. 

The good thing is that cinnamon has been around for thousands of years and some of us use it every day. Thus, if it could protect us against obesity, then it would be easier for us to adhere to a diet that involves cinnamon. 

By the way, it’s the cinnamaldehyde that gives cinnamon the flavor that we genuinely love. 

The study 

The research developed cinnamaldehyde in mice, and it found that the oil did protect the mice against obesity. 

Another study was conducted to test its effect on humans. Using the fat cells from volunteers, researchers treated the adipocytes with cinnamaldehyde.

The results were promising. The researchers found “an increased expression” of enzymes that could boost metabolism. Not only that, but they also increase the proteins that could help in thermogenesis. 

The study concluded that cinnamaldehyde could be beneficial in fighting obesity by activating thermogenesis. However, researchers would not endorse this spice as a form of weight loss treatment unless a further study is conducted. 

More studies are needed to find out its real benefits and the side effects. 

Ways to enjoy cinnamon 

Now that studies have backed the use of cinnamon in fighting against obesity, here are some ways to enjoy cinnamon every day. 

Add it to lemon and honey water

You may already be practicing drinking lemon and honey water in the morning. Now, you can add another ingredient to it to boost your morning beverage. 

Sprinkle it on your coffee

Instead of adding sugar to your black coffee, try adding a dash of cinnamon to sweeten this beverage without worrying about your calories. It doesn’t just boost the flavor, but it also helps speed up your metabolism. 

Now, if you’re not fond of drinking coffee, but you love eating oats or cereals, then opt to sprinkle cinnamon onto this morning meal. 

Drink cinnamon water

You can make cinnamon water by boiling cinnamon sticks. Drink it hot or cold. Make sure to drink it 30 minutes before or after meals and not during meals. It’s especially true if you are suffering from GERD. 

Mix it to your protein shakes

A protein shake is already useful in helping you lose weight. And if you add cinnamon powder to this healthy drink, then you’re giving your body an excellent drink for shedding some pounds. 

Or you can add cinnamon to your cooking. Don’t just add it to a recipe that calls for this spice but you can also opt to add it to recipes that won’t call for it. You can sprinkle it into rice dishes or roasted veggies. 


Cinnamaldehyde is the essential oil extracted from cinnamon. It showed to be effective in fighting obesity. But researchers don’t recommend it as part of a weight loss method, just yet. More studies are needed to know its benefits and side effects.

Creator Of Alkaline Diet Faces Jail Time

alkaline diet doctor arrested

The alkaline diet is a popular program sworn by a lot of your favorite celebrities, such as Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson. But the creator of this diet, Robert Young, Ph.D., is in the news again and it’s not in a right way. 

Last week, BBC reported that the creator is arrested for practicing medicine without a license and is now facing jail time. He is also charged with deception by treating terminally ill cancer patients with baking soda infusions, rather than the use of traditional medical treatments. 

In 2010, he co-wrote the book “The pH Miracle.” The book theorized that diseases are caused by too much acid in the blood. This theory inspired a lot of alkaline diets and cleanses. Most of them recommend eating foods that can metabolize alkaline compounds in the body to balance pH level. 

In addition to Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham is also a fan of this diet. In fact, she tweeted a photo of an alkaline diet cookbook in 2013. As a result, the interests in this style of eating increased. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Ripa also voiced their support for this type of diet. You could also find a bottled alkaline water promoted by Miranda Kerr, a supermodel. Despite unproven health claims, it has become a popular drink. 

Last year, however, the creator was convicted of practicing medicine without a license. It’s a charge that carries a prison sentence of up to three years and eight months. He also faced several other charges, like defrauding his patients out of money. 

The prosecutors said that he led his patients to believe that he could cure them using expensive baking-soda treatments to flush those extra acids out of the body. Young told his terminally ill cancer patients at his California ranch. He would be re-tried for other charges. 

Over the years, Young practiced as a doctor and a naturopath. Unfortunately, his doctorate in nutrition came from a now-defunct correspondence school. He also does not have a medical degree

Furthermore, BBC reported that one of his patients paid him more than $77,000 in 2012 to try to save her life through his treatments. However, after she spent three months at Young’s ranch, she died. 

Young did not feel guilty of his actions; he told the reporters. He said that his alkaline diet program had cured thousands to millions of people. 

Unfortunately, there’s little to no evidence that can support his alkaline diet and his cancer treatments. Although some foods have a variety of pH levels, eating alkaline foods are not shown to offer positive effects on the body chemistry. 

According to a gastroenterologist, our body is an incredible machine that can keep the pH levels where they should be. Thus, there’s no food or drinks that can change that. 

But the foods recommended in the alkaline diet are healthy, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Those acidic foods are less right for you. These include meat, caffeine and anything that has been processed. 

In practice, the alkaline diet may have health benefits. So, instead of buying products that claim to alkalinize your body, focus on that food that offers health benefits.
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