Boost your metabolism with this spicy secret
Autumn might be four long and steamy months away, but there's one part of the season we should keep around all year long.
Cinnamon isn't just for pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, and hot drinks on cool nights.
It also packs a powerful punch when it comes to your health.
Studies show it can keep your brain sharp and your blood sugar under control... and it can even help with cholesterol.
Now, the latest research shows one more way this potent spice can give you a lift -- even if you're among the tens of millions of Americans who've struggled to eat a healthy diet over the years.
It can actually help UNDO the damaging effects of too much fat in your food and even STOP it from turning into fat inside your body!
In the new study, rats were given a diet that mimicked the high-fat foods most Americans eat these days.
Some also were given cinnamon, and some weren't.
After just 12 weeks, the rats that got the cinnamon had healthier blood glucose levels and better control over their insulin. They also saw improvements in their cholesterol levels.
Sound good? Hold onto your cinnamon sticks... because that's not even the best part of this.
Despite eating a lousy diet, these rats actually weighed LESS than the ones who had the same foods but no cinnamon and fewer of the molecules linked to fat storage.
Even better, they had less of the dangerous abdominal fat that leads to metabolic syndrome, which in turn can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
And to top it all off, they had higher levels of age-fighting, disease-beating antioxidants and lower levels of damaging inflammation.
All from a little cinnamon!
Of course, the lesson here isn't to eat a lousy high-fat diet and try to offset the damage by sprinkling a little cinnamon on everything.
That won't get you very far.
But if you haven't exactly had a perfect diet over the years -- and really, who has? -- cinnamon can help you get the upper hand and bring it all back under control, especially if you also commit to eating better overall.
In addition to helping undo the damage of oxidative stress and inflammation, cinnamon can help with your blood sugar levels, especially if you have diabetes or are at risk for the disease.
Cinnamon is available in supplement form, both on its own and as part of glucose control formulas. As always, look for a quality blend from a maker you trust.