After the lemon, now it’s time for water with cinnamon; But will you lose weight?

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In China, cinnamon was known since 2,500 years BC and was more valuable than gold. In Egypt, it was used to embalm the dead along with other condiments. In cooking, it occupies a special place in the world of spices and its consumption is considered positive for health. One of these benefits would be that drinking water with cinnamon helps you lose weight. It will be?

“The role of cinnamon in weight loss can be attributed to the possible regulation of glucose and the thermogenic effect, but its impact on calorie burning is limited and it is not a unique solution for weight loss”, says Isolda Prado, nutritionist, professor of nutrition from UEA (Amazonas State University) and director and professor at Abran (Brazilian Association of Nutrology).

The doctor explains that the presence of compounds such as cinnamaldehyde, present in the bark of the tree’s stem and root, can increase metabolic activity. The substance activates the type 1 vanilloid receptor (TRPV1), which stimulates the production of heat in the body, a process known as thermogenesis.

Thermogenesis involves the conversion of calories into heat, resulting in a temporary increase in body temperature. This process can increase energy expenditure, contributing to metabolism and potentially helping to burn calories. However, the thermogenic effect of cinnamon is considered mild, and other factors such as diet and physical activity play a crucial role in regulating body weight.” Isolda Prado, nutritionist

Does cinnamon lower blood glucose?

According to Patricia Rodrigues, clinical nutritionist at the Cardiovascular Health Nutrition Outpatient Clinic at the Dante Pazzanese Institute of Cardiology of the State of São Paulo, some studies indicate that cinnamon can help prevent spikes in hyperglycemia after a meal, delaying the absorption of carbohydrates from the diet, reducing intestinal glucose uptake and enhancing insulin action. Others indicate that consumption of the spice can reduce fasting blood glucose and insulin resistance, benefiting patients with diabetes.

A 2021 study carried out with 160 people of both sexes, who were between 18 and 80 years old, with type 2 diabetes, using oral antidiabetics and with glycated hemoglobin greater than or equal to 6.0% was carried out in five Basic Health Units Health, in Parnaíba, Piauí.UOL Content

Participants were divided into two groups of 80 people and each individual received 3 g cinnamon capsules per day or placebo, to be taken in combination with their usual oral hypoglycemic drugs.

After 90 days, participants in the group that took cinnamon had a 0.2% reduction in glycated hemoglobin and a 0.55 mmol/L reduction in fasting venous blood glucose compared to the placebo group. Despite the discreet effect, cinnamon reduced glycemic measurements in people with type 2 diabetes.

But it is worth emphasizing that the study was carried out with few people and more research is needed to confirm the benefits of the spice in this sense.

According to Andréa Waisenberg, nutritionist, specialist in sports nutrition from USP and owner of the iDeaNutri clinic, there is no consensus on the action of cinnamon in reducing blood glucose, some studies conclude that it is, others are inconclusive.

Most studies are carried out in vitro with ‘standardized cinnamon’ that has a certain concentration of active ingredient in its extract. Generally, the work is carried out with a few individuals and different methodologies, which prevents them from being comparable to each other. For a definitive conclusion, more studies are needed to define concentrations and mechanisms that point to more specific recommendations.” Andréa Waisenberg, nutritionist

In the opinion of nutritionist Patrícia Rodrigues, as the amount contained in water with cinnamon (in powder or bark) may not be enough to impact glycemic control, drug therapy associated with a healthy diet and physical activity continues to be the best option. strategy to regulate blood sugar.

Cinnamon contains antioxidant properties

Another advantage attributed to cinnamon, according to the director of Abran, is that it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as polyphenols, flavonoids and cinnamic acid. These substances help to neutralize free radicals in the body (molecules that accelerate the premature aging of cells), reducing oxidative stress and contributing to the prevention of cellular damage and associated diseases, such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, high blood pressure.Continues after the advertising

“The antioxidant effect of cinnamon also has a protective role against several conditions, including cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and some types of cancer. It is not a definitive cure for these diseases, but it can offer benefits as part of a healthy lifestyle”, ponders nutritionist Isolda Prado.

Is cinnamon water better than boxed juice and soda?

For people who have difficulty drinking water during the day, flavoring water with cinnamon can be a strategy to stimulate the taste buds and increase water intake, according to Rodrigues. The preparation is simple: just boil a cinnamon stick in 250 ml of water for 5 minutes, cover, wait for it to cool and consume.

Another advantage of water with cinnamon, adds nutritionist Andréa Waisenberg, is that it is a natural and healthier option compared to artificially sweetened drinks that have chemical additives (preservatives, flavorings, etc.), such as soft drinks and boxed juices.

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