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Eat cinnamon to reduce risk of heart disease

India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi 07 May 2017, 13:09:59 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

Having cinnamon can reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and cholesterol caused by high-fat diet. The researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have confirmed. 

The findings showed that high-fat diet activates the body's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems and slows the fat-storing process.

Researchers led by Vijaya Juturu from OmniActive Health Technologies in the US' Morristown fed rats cinnamon supplements for 12 weeks along with a high-fat diet.

The results revealed that the rats weighed less and had less belly fat and healthier levels of sugar, insulin and fat in their blood -- leading risk factors for cardiovascular diseases -- compared to those who did not receive cinnamon with their high-fat foods.

Rats fed with cinnamon also had fewer molecules involved in the body's fat-storing process and more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules that protect the body from the damages of stress, the researchers said.

The study was presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2017 Scientific Sessions in Minnesota.

5 benefits of eating cinnamon: 

  • It is a high source of antioxidants that reduce the free-radical damage and slows the process of ageing. 
  • It helps lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, brain disorder, etc. 
  • It lowers the blood sugar levels and improve the sensitivity to hormone insulin. 
  • It protects your body from infections and diseases. It is a strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal agent. 
  • It freshens your breath naturally and protects your teeth from dental problems.