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la.lady 11-01-2004 08:46 AM

Cinnamon and Weight Loss
Hi All,
I started taking cinnamon yesterday and believe it or not, I dropped 1 lb. Right now I am taking one teaspoon a day. I let you know what happens with this. Also cinnamon is suppose to help people with low thyroid. :up:

hani 11-01-2004 09:06 AM

in what form do you take it?

JONAH'S GRANNY 11-01-2004 09:07 AM

I actually shake cinnamon into my coffee a lot. I don't know if it helps with any loss but it sure helps with Maintenance or at least, something does.:kicking:

carbkinky 11-01-2004 09:16 AM

i have read that it contanins thermagenic properties to aid loss...also cayene.

la.lady 11-01-2004 09:35 AM

I just take cinnamon in powder form. They say that it is just a s good as the extract form. :kicking:

hani 11-01-2004 11:24 AM

do you eat in from a spoon or mix it with something? i have never thought about eating cinnamon from a spoon.

la.lady 11-01-2004 11:31 AM

I put it in my coffee and I like to mix it in cottage cheese. I am going to try cream cheese next time with my sweetner. :up:

heahyou00 11-01-2004 12:04 PM

I think I will try that cinnamon thing as well, sounds like something fun anyway. and hey if it works, then that even better. I think I will add mine to my tea in the morning and see what happens. I will let you know if there are any results that i notice.


Louise_1967 11-01-2004 12:06 PM

hey, thanks for that info!!!:up:
I am going to try this in my tea!!:kicking:

Cinnabar 11-01-2004 05:29 PM

I haven't heard about thermogenic properties (like cayenne pepper) but supposedly it HAS been proven to help regulate blood sugar levels and is listed as a recommendation on the Diabetic's website for such.

I love it in coffee, yogurt & tea. You can also add some to soups & casseroles for a mystery ingredient (you can't really taste cinnamon, there is just something "different" that you can't put your finger on!) it's great.

vodkavases 11-01-2004 05:32 PM

does it have to be real cinnamon?
is there an article somewhere about this?

Cinnabar 11-01-2004 05:33 PM

Do a google search on "cinnamon health benefits" or something like that. I've never heard of artificial cinnamon? you want the real spice. ;)

ellagurl 11-01-2004 05:38 PM

Please please don't eat cinnamon straight from a spoon. You will choke. My 3 year old just found that out the hard way. :sick:

vodkavases 11-01-2004 05:41 PM

well its not artificial, its just a different plant. either the sticks or the preground is really not cinnamon, its something else that just happens to taste like cinnamon, ill look it up...

Carb&Driver 11-01-2004 05:44 PM

Does anyone know whether real cinnamon is used in cinnamon gum? My pack of Dentyne Fire gum states "cinnamon" on the front, not "cinnamon flavored". But all it says on the back of the pack is "natural and artificial flavors". It doesn't state "cinnamon" on the back. And if there is real cinnamon in the gum, when you chew it does the cinnamon get into your system through your saliva, because after all, you can't swallow the gum itself. And how much cinnamon would you actually swallow?

vodkavases 11-01-2004 05:52 PM

Common variety sold - Cinnamomum cassia

real - Cinnamomum zeylanicum

its not the same spice, but apparently its close enough that they both have the same whatever it is that makes them good for blood sugar.

gina425 11-01-2004 06:10 PM

I have seen cinnamon capsules in the herb isle of the drug store.

SugarFreeSheila 11-01-2004 06:25 PM

I add 4 hard shakes of this to my Starbucks coffee (1 ounce heavy cream & 1 packet Splenda), and just love the flavor it gives it!

Suebird 11-01-2004 07:32 PM

There was a question to a columnist in my local newspaper that said eating 1/4 tsp of cinnamon a day helped her to lower her cholesterol.

RaspberryT 11-01-2004 07:46 PM

Gum usually uses concentrated cinnamon oil.

I have used cinnamon in spaghetti sauce before. If you get a sauce that is very tangy, too strong of a tomato bite, you can add a small bit of cinnamon to cut the flavor. You can't taste it, but it enriches the quality of the sauce. Good in chili too. Just remember, you don't want to add enough to flavor the dish, or it could overpower it.

lancerpants 11-01-2004 07:48 PM

hmm this is very interesting...I love cinnamon..guess I will have to start eating it more often!

Tom 11-01-2004 08:56 PM

Cinnamon: a common spice has been found to triple insulin's ability to metabolize blood sugar, or glucose, according to research conducted at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Because of this ability, cinnamon protects against diabetes, reduces hunger, and helps control sugar cravings, thus making it easier to control weight.

Garcinia Cambogia: Also known as Mangosteen Oil tree, contains a biologically active compound which is known to inhibit the synthesis of lipids and fatty acids and lower the formation of LDL and triglycerides. Garcinia also contains significant amounts of Vitamin C and has been used as a heart tonic. Research suggests that this natural extract may also inhibit the conversion of excess calories to body fat. Additionally, appetite is also suppressed by promoting synthesis of glycogen. Glycogen is the stored form of glucose, one of the body's primary sources of energy. Increased glycogen production and storage is the body's normal way of signaling the brain's satiety center that enough food has been eaten.

Guggul: also known as Commiphora Mukul and Guggulipid, is a very effective herbal medicine for controlling obesity and cholesterol. It has long been known to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, while maintain or improve the HDL to LDL ratio. It has been shown that Guggul can lower blood cholesterol by 14-27% and can lower triglycerides by 22-30%. Guggul works on the liver by increasing the metabolism (or break down) of the bad cholesterol known as LDL Cholesterol. After taking the product for 4 to 12 weeks, total cholesterol levels can drop, triglyceride levels can drop and an increase in HDL (the good cholesterol) of approximately 16% can occur. Its benefits as a weight-loss and fat burning agent have been well researched and documented in several studies.

Green Tea Extract: Green tea is one of many teas consumed around the world today, but the only one widely known for its health benefits. Traditional uses of green tea include treating flatulence, regulating body temperature and blood sugar, promoting digestion, and improving mental processes.

Benefits of Green Tea:

* May boost metabolism and help burn fat
* Antioxidant properties of green tea may help support healthy arteries.
* Ability to lower total cholesterol and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol
* May help regulate glucose in the body

Ashwaganda: Ayurvedic traditional theory began centuries ago in ancient India. From its early roots to today, ayurveda has represented an overall approach to physical and mental well-being.

Coleus Forskohlii: Coleus forskohlii is an ancient Ayurvedic plant and member of the mint and lavender family, which grows in the mountains of Asia. Recent research has shown that the active ingredient in coleus is forskolin, which plays a major role in a variety of important cellular functions, including inhibiting histamine release, relaxing muscles, increasing thyroid function, and increasing fat-burning activity.

L-Tyrosine: L-Tyrosine is a direct precursor to Thyroxine, a primary thyroid hormone, as well as Adrenaline and Nor-adrenaline. Thyroxine has been found to increase metabolic rate and control growth rate. L-Tyrosine can assist a sluggish thyroid and aid the dieter in losing excess, unwanted pounds.

Wickie 11-01-2004 09:00 PM

Hello Cinnamon, welcome to my life!

LibraEssence 11-01-2004 09:42 PM

This is interesting...

My mom puts a cinnamon stick in with her coffee grounds when she makes a pot of coffee each morning. I had some yesterday and it was very very good. I will have to tell her about the health benefits.

thanks for posting:up:

la.lady 11-02-2004 07:29 AM

Hi All,
Just reporting on my weight loss from taking Cinnamon. I lost another one-half pound yesterday. I've only been doing this for two days now, but it really seems to be working. Also it seems to be helping me concentrate better. I really believe this will help all of us on this diet. I have not craved any sweetes at all, which is amazing. :up: for Cinnamon

kcbookworm 11-02-2004 07:39 AM

I am trying to figure out how to fit 1 teaspoon of cinnamon into my diet each day. I drink 2 cups of coffee each morning and I could put some in there. But I don't really eat any sweets, except the occassional cream cheese/peanut butter/sugar-free syrup concoction. I don't eat plain yogurt or cottage cheese. And someone said don't eat it straight. So any other ideas of how to consume it?

One more question ... does it have to be consumed in one sitting to be beneficial? Or can it be spread out thru the day?

Thanks! :)

AllMyPonies 11-02-2004 08:05 AM

I guess cinnamon pop tarts don't count, right....?:blush:

Sounds interesting! And what a great flavor in cold weather.

ncacc1 11-02-2004 09:36 AM

Oh, I can't wait to add this in! I guess I will put it into my coffee in the morning and see what happens. This really excites me!

Mary McD 11-02-2004 10:49 AM

Cinnamon is great with splenda in yocheese.

RaspberryT 11-02-2004 10:51 AM

The World's No.1 Science & Technology News Service

Cinnamon spice produces healthier blood

17:52 24 November 03

NewScientist.com news service
(partially quoted here)
Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics, a new study has found. The effect, which can be produced even by soaking a cinnamon stick your tea, could also benefit millions of non-diabetics who have blood sugar problem but are unaware of it.

The discovery was initially made by accident, by Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland.

Volunteers with Type 2 diabetes were given one, three or six grams of cinnamon powder a day, in capsules after meals.

The active ingredient is not in cinnamon oils. But powdered spice can be added to toast, cereal, juice or coffee.
maybe check a health food store or see if netrition can get it in the capsule form if you can not find enough ways to consume it otherwise. Ingesting dry cinnamon powder by the teaspoon can cause nose bleeds. McCormick ground cinnamon is especially strong. I would not advise eating it plain in dry form.

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