Here's how cinnamon could help fight obesity

Here's how cinnamon could help fight obesity

Professor Jun Wu, of the Life Sciences Institute at the University of MI, said: "Cinnamon has been part of our diets for thousands of years - and people generally enjoy it".

Lead author Jun Wu says his team wanted to further examine the effect cinnamon has on the body. In laboratory mice, cinnamaldehyde helps to protect against obesity as has been seen in previous studies.

"Scientists were finding that this compound affected metabolism", said Wu, who also is an assistant professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the U-M Medical School.

They found that exposure to cinnamon oil triggered both the mouse and the human cells to start burning calories through a process known as thermogenesis.

The researchers gathered human adipose stem cells from several donors of various ages, ethnicities, and weights. Previous studies have found that cinnamaldehyde is able to protect mice from obesity and hypoglycemia, so scientists from MI made a decision to find out if the same compound works on human fat cells by conducting several experiments. There was also an increase in Ucp1 and Fgf21 - important metabolic regulatory proteins involved in thermogenesis. The exact mechanisms underlying this effect is not understood well but researchers are interested in better understanding cinnamaldehyde and if it can offer protective benefit for humans as well.

Adipocytes store energy in the form of lipids which are used when food is scarce and temperatures are cold.

Jun Wu said in a statement given to Michigan News that, "It's only been relatively recently that energy surplus has become a problem".

Rather, energy efficiency was a problem that plagued humans throughout evolution, so bodily processes that consume energy are turned off the instance they are no longer needed. "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".

Wu believes that cinnamaldehyde may offer one such activation method. What was not known, Wu noted, was the effects cinnamaldehyde was having on metabolism.

Cinnamon is also loaded with antioxidants and the spice can help stop inflammation.

A new study claims that cinnamon, a spice found in just about every cabinet in the United States, may actually help your quest to shed those unwanted pounds. Scientists said in 2014 that the spice is the source of a chemical that can protect the brain.