JAKARTA, NNC - Cinnamon, which has a distinctive aroma and is usually used as a cooking spice, turns out to have unexpected health benefits, including overcoming obesity, diabetes and cholesterol, among others.
Eating about 3 grams of cinnamon powder daily can help reduce obesity and overcome metabolic disorders. So no wonder the cinnamon is called a "pill" of health by experts. Research on cinnamon is published in the International Journal of Lipid in Health and Disease.
In clinical trials conducted at Fortis Diabetes Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation in New Delhi, the Institute of Home Economics (Delhi University) and Fortis CDOC Hospital for Diabetes and Allied Sciences, investigated the effects of simple dietary interventions of cinnamon among Indians, who had a tendency Much bigger To develop some metabolic problems that cause diabetes at an early age.
"Consuming 'beneficial properties' of traditional Indian herbs and spices needs to be proven on the basis of a strong scientific method.Seeing our strong scientific study results, I can now say with confidence that cinnamon should be included in the diet by all adult Indians. Especially those with some metabolic risk factors or diabetes, "said the head of Fortis CDOC hospital, Dr Anoop Misra, one of the researchers in the study, as quoted from Times of India.
The experiment involved 116 men and women who had conditions such as abdominal obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, high triglycerides and hypertension. After consuming 3gr of cinnamon powder per day for 16 weeks, the mean weight reduction was 89kg to 85kg in the cinnamon group, while from 82kg to 81kg in the control group that was not given cinnamon.
Along with dietary interventions, people in the study were also prescribed with a 45-minute walk every day. Researchers say eating cinnamon along with dietary changes and physical exercise lowers fasting blood glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, waist circumference, and body mass index.
It also improves waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure, total serum cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol known as bad cholesterol, serum triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, otherwise known as good cholesterol.
"The promising results from this study reveal that simple functional foods can have tremendous health benefits.The cinnamon is a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine and therefore can be easily incorporated into our daily diet, which will balance the metabolism with more Either, "said Dr. Seema Puri, associate professor at Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi.