Cinnamon and Weight Loss... Just another Weight Loss Myth? 

Cinnamon and weight loss... fact or fiction? Could adding cinnamon tea to your diet actually help you manage your weight?

We all know that for every sound weight loss idea or program out there, there are hundreds - if not thousands - of scams. 

And, for anyone who has ever tried to shed some unwanted pounds, it can be very discouraging to try one after another of those so-called "diets" and see no results on the scale!

If you're trying to lose weight, cinnamon tea may be a positive addition to your overall weight-loss plan.

Research supports cinnamon and weight loss, suggesting that regular intake of cinnamon may actually help manage weight by enhancing digestion and stabilizing blood sugar and insulin levels, as well.

Cinnamon's Digestive Benefits

A properly working digestive system is essential for weight management (and for general comfort!), and cinnamon is a natural way to encourage your digestive system to function in a healthier way and do its job well.

  • Cinnamon soothes and calms your stomach and intestines.
  • Cinnamon reduces gas and relieves flatulence, as well.
  • Cinnamon improves colon function.
  • Cinnamon is well-known for relieving nausea, diarrhea, and constipation.
Cinnamon tea and weight loss

Cinnamon and Blood Sugar Control

Research shows that regular intake of cinnamon (as little as 1/3 teaspoon daily) can improve blood sugar levels.

Because cinnamon slows the rate at which your stomach empties after you eat, it can help to stabilize your blood sugar. And good things happen when your blood sugar levels are under control - you feel more balanced and satisfied, and you crave fewer sweets!

Cinnamon and Insulin Management

Studies have also shown that certain compounds in cinnamon work to reduce insulin spikes and help your body use insulin more effectively. Balanced insulin activity improves the way we absorb and use glucose from our blood - and discourages fat storage!

And, according to research, these benefits are ongoing with regular intake of cinnamon (but will gradually disappear when cinnamon is no longer taken regularly).

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Cinnamon for Weight Loss - Other Benefits

Regular intake of cinnamon may also help increase lean muscle mass and reduce body fat percentage.

Another benefit of cinnamon and weight loss is that cinnamon is a natural, healthy ingredient that is easy to find, and it can be added to your diet in a variety of creative, spicy ways! And, when food is flavorful and aromatic, we tend to feel more satisfied and stop eating sooner... definitely a benefit for weight management!

So... Is cinnamon and weight loss a reality?

Weight management is easier when your blood sugar and insulin levels are stabilized, and when your digestive system is working as it should be. Then, you will get the energy you need from your food, you'll feel more balanced and positive, and you won't feel as hungry.

Research indicates that regular intake of cinnamon can provide these benefits (and many other benefits, as well!) - so brew that cup of cinnamon tea and enjoy, knowing that you're supporting your overall weight-management plan in a natural way - and satisfying your taste buds, too!

How much cinnamon tea is needed to help with weight loss?

While as little as 1 gram (about 1/3 teaspoon) of cinnamon per day can be beneficial, research suggests that at least 3 grams (1 teaspoon) of cinnamon per day is more helpful for weight loss.

Try some homemade cinnamon tea as a delicious, simple way to add more cinnamon to your diet!

Why not try... 

  • Organic cinnamon, to ensure that your cinnamon is as healthy and beneficial as possible. Certified organic cinnamon hasn't been irradiated, and no additional toxins - like pesticides or herbicides - have been added during harvesting or processing. You'll be doing your part for our environment, too, by choosing organic! 
  • Drink a cup of cinnamon tea with a high-carb meal to reduce the impact on your blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon and Weight Loss - Are There Any Risks?

Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon are the most well-known types of cinnamon. While both may help with weight management, keep in mind that cassia cinnamon contains higher levels of a naturally occurring ingredient called 'coumarin,' which may be harmful in larger amounts for some people. Consider choosing Ceylon cinnamon instead if you drink cinnamon tea often (you can find Ceylon cinnamon sticks and ground Ceylon cinnamon in The Tea Talk Shop here).

And remember, if you plan to add cinnamon tea to your diet to help manage your weight, discuss cinnamon and weight loss with your healthcare provider first to ensure it's a safe and effective choice for you (this is especially true if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you are taking any prescription medications).

Visit our Cinnamon Side Effects page to learn more about potential risks, side effects, and contraindications associated with cinnamon tea.

More about Cinnamon Tea Benefits

Benefits of Cinnamon Tea - Learn more about the many ways this fragrant herbal tea benefits physical and emotional health and wellness!

Cinnamon Tea Benefits & You! - If you love cinnamon tea's benefits for health and wellness, we'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions about this delicious tea! Read what other visitors to our site have to say about cinnamon tea benefits, too.

Cinnamon Tea Recipe - A quick, easy cinnamon tea recipe for when you're craving a cup of this comforting tea. You'll find some tips for making the perfect cup of cinnamon herbal tea here.

Organic Cinnamon Tea - Some of the reasons why organic cinnamon tea is a safe, healthy choice for you and for the environment, too.

Cinnamon Side Effects - Stay informed about possible cinnamon tea side effects, risks, and contraindications.

Cinnamon and Weight Loss - Cinnamon tea may be a positive addition to your overall weight-loss plan.

Cinnamon Tea Research - Visit our Cinnamon Research pages to browse through an overview of some of the current studies targeting the health benefits of cinnamon.

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