الأحد، 20 فبراير، 2011

honey and cinnamon and weight loss

honey and cinnamon and weight loss


There are many natural aids for weight loss available. However, the honey and cinnamon tea for weight loss appear to be one of the more pleasant ones. Can this dynamic duo help one achieve a healthy weight? Many have claimed that a concoction of honey and cinnamon taken twice a day in the morning and in the evening is effective for losing weight. Apparently,there is some scientific truth to that claim.
Traditionally, honey has been used as sleep aid, to soothe a sore throat and even as aid to wound healing. But can it also help with weight loss? Some scientists believe that it does. It is a known fact that many people who are overweight also suffer from insulin resistance. This condition prevents glucose from being properly metabolized. When that happens it is very difficult to lose weight. Some studies have shown that subjects drinking a honey concoction for 30 days were able decrease their insulin resistance.
Honey has a 1:1 combination of glucose and fructose. It does not produce the spike in blood sugar that other sweeteners do. Thereby controlling insulin sensitivity. The more sensitized the cells get to insulin the less likely that insulin resistance will occur. The body then becomes more efficient at burning fat. It appears that honey can even reverse some of the signs of insulin resistance.
Cinnamon on the other hand has been extensively researched with regard to diabetes. One research study found that as little as half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day was able to lower blood sugar, in poorly controlled diabetics. Another study found that the components in cinnamon was able to lower and prevent insulin resistance.The appetite center of the brain has receptors for insulin, when someone is in a state of insulin resistance, most of the insulin cannot get to these receptors, the pancreas keeps putting out more and more insulin to bring glucose down and that keeps appetite high.
It looks like the combination of honey and cinnamon is able to offset some of the effects of insulin resistance Study patients who took the tea reported decreased appetite and experienced less carbohydrate cravings.. Insulin resistance is on the rise especially among women. Adding some honey and cinnamon to the diet could be a pleasant way to keep this condition in check and may well help with weight loss. Although there are many variations of this tea available, the basic recipe is quite simple.
  • 1 part cinnamon to 2 parts raw honey
  • Pour 1 cup boiling water over cinnamon and steep for half hour
  • Add honey after it has cooled
  • Drink half of the tea before going to bed and the other half in the morning
Because this tea may lower blood sugar, people with medical conditions will want to consult with their doctor.


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