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Cinnamon and Abdominal

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Cinnamon, AND ABDOMINAL FATCinnamon is one of the most overlooked, but healthiest spices in the world. It's consider a "fat burning spice". Using this type of cinnamon daily can help you burn abdominal fat.Here are some other benefits of the right type of cinnamon:  
  • controls blood sugar levels
  • helps maintain insulin sensitivity
  • a VERY powerful antioxidant
  • may have antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • and dozens of other benefits
  Although cinnamon does NOT directly increase fat burning (such as by increasing metabolic rate, etc), it CAN actually help you to burn off abdominal fat and get leaner in an indirect way.Cinnamon has dozens of health benefits, the main benefit that will help you to get leaner is through it's strong effect on controlling blood sugar levels in your body.In a study published in 2003 in the medical journal Diabetes Care, groups were split into people taking 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon per day in capsule form (the equivalent of approx 1/4th to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon).The results of the study showed that all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose levels by 18-29% after 40 days.Cinnamon can also increase insulin sensitivity, which essentially means that it is helping your body to control blood sugar while simultaneously allowing your body to produce less insulin.As you know, chronically high insulin levels can make your body pack fat around your body, but mostly abdominal fat. One possible way to benefit from cinnamon to lose more fat is to use cinnamon daily in your meals when you can, such as in yogurt or cottage cheese, in smoothies, oatmeal, or anything else you can think of where it would go well.Also, you could use a cinnamon capsule before each of your meals, particularly if you're going to have more than 30 grams of carbs in that meal.This could help to control blood sugar and insulin response from your meals and thereby control your appetite and cravings throughout the day, helping you to lose body fat more effectively over time.So now you can see that not only is cinnamon a powerful antioxidant that can help you stay youthful longer, it can also help you to control blood sugar and get a leaner body!Not all cinnamon are the sameAlthough cinnamon may be a super-healthy choice for helping you to achieve your lean, strong, and energetic body. There is one type of cinnamon that is the most beneficial. Cinnamon has been said to have many health benefits. However, what you may not know is that the cinnamon you buy at your local store may not be the right kind of cinnamon to reap all of the health benefits.Did you know that there is more than one kind of cinnamon? It’s true. There are actually multiple kinds of cinnamon, but the two most commonly used in our modern cooking are Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon.Ceylon cinnamon is also known as “true” cinnamon. What is the Best Cinnamon?If you’ve been buying cinnamon at the store because you want the health benefits, you will want to read this:The two major types of cinnamon used in food preparation are Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is known as “true cinnamon” and is native to Sri Lanka. Ceylon cinnamon  is NOT the kind of cinnamon that is normally sold in the spice section at your local supermarket.The kind of cinnamon that you likely find at your local store is Cassia cinnamon, which is a relative of Ceylon cinnamon but is also a much cheaper version.Both Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon are taken from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree, however Cassia cinnamon is typically darker and has a much more pungent flavor. Ceylon cinnamon  is considered a more delicate spice because of it’s quality and sweeter taste.Why is it important to distinguish between Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon?Though Cassia and Ceylon cinnamon seem very similar, they have some very distinct differences that could impact your health.Cassia cinnamon is one of the largest sources of coumarin in our modern day diets. This is important to know because coumarin is a toxin that occurs in nature and can be toxic to the liver. Coumarin is also a potential carcinogenic.Consuming coumarin in your diet regularly can lead to many potential health problems. In fact, it’s been estimated that a child consuming Cassia cinnamon on toast or oatmeal just 3 times a week is already exceeding the safe exposure level. Also, adults who regularly consume Cassia cinnamon in their foods or take supplements of Cassia cinnamon could easily be exceeding toxic limits.The good news is that Ceylon cinnamon ( either does not contain coumarin or it’s contains such trace amounts that it is undetectable.To me, the answer is clear: If you use cinnamon in your household, it’s important to switch from Cassia to Ceylon cinnamon immediately to avoid toxic levels of coumarin in your diet while still reaping all of the health benefits of cinnamon.Where to Buy Ceylon CinnamonCeylon cinnamon can typically be found in health food stores and can sometimes be found in traditional supermarkets with a health food section.If you cannot find Ceylon cinnamon locally, you can also buy it online. Organic Ceylon cinnamon is preferable of course.What kind of cinnamon do you buy? Do you plan to switch?More important, WANT TO LOSE 20 LBS IN JUST 6 WEEK WITH OUR CHIROTHIN WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM, CONTACT US AT 773.279.9344 OR VISIT WWW.CHIROTHINWEIGHTLOSS.COMChiroThin Logo White Background

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