Cinnamon has a property known as cinnamaldehyde, which has great potentials to reduce obesity with burning energy present in the fat cells, as according to the researchers from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute.
The team already knew that this weight losing spice had an ability of burning fats from lab tests performed on mice, while the latest research has shown that cinnamon could also be effective in human as well.
During the test, the research team led by study assistant professor at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, Jun Wu examined human fats cells, which is called as adipocytes using the samples from volunteers of different ages, body mass indexes and ethnicities.
The cells were observed through a process known as thermogenesis when cells treated with the cinnamaldehyde that occurred when the cells started to burn energy.
However, cinnamaldehyde is an organic compound, which provides cinnamon the odor and flavor. It also makes up around half of cinnamon oil as well as used for flavoring some chewing gums, candy and beverages, ice cream and various perfumes. In addition, cinnamaldehyde is also used as an insecticide and natural fungicide.
Jun Wu said in a statement given to Michigan News that, “It’s only been relatively recently that energy surplus has become a problem. Throughout evolution, the opposite — energy deficiency — has been the 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.”