University of Michigan research finds an oil in cinnamon attacks fat cells and may be used to fight.
The research found by prodding cells to begin burning energy, wellbeing is boosted by the oil cinnamaldehyde — a process known as thermogenesis.
“Cinnamon has been a part of our diets for thousands of years, and people generally like it,” said Jun Wu, a research assistant professor at UM’s Life Sciences Institute. “If it might help protect against obesity, too, it may give an approach to metabolic wellness that is easier for individuals to adhere to.”
Cinnamaldehyde gives cinnamon its own flavor.
The research builds off studies in mice, in which the petroleum shielded against obesity.
The study, published in the December issue of the journal Metabolism, tested whether a similar effect would happen in humans.
Employing cells researchers treated the cells — called adipocytes — together with cinnamaldehyde. The outcomes found an “increased saying” of genes and enzymes which boost metabolism whilst increasing proteins beneficial to thermogenesis.
Wu suggests cinnamaldehyde may be used to fight by way of thermogenesis. But she held off on endorsing cinnamon as a treatment until further research is done.
Research is needed to discover side effects and cinnamaldehyde’s benefits.