A new study completed at the University of Michigan has shown that cinnamon has promise in fighting obesity. The active ingredient is cinnamaldehyde, which has been shown to initiate a process called thermogenesis. This means that the metabolism stimulates fat cells to burn energy.
In the study, the fat cells from volunteers were exposed to cinnamaldehyde. Researchers found an increased expression of the genes and enzymes responsible for increasing metabolism.
The findings show promise in the use of cinnamaldehyde for future weight loss efforts. However, researchers have stopped short of recommending cinnamon as a weight loss method. More research is necessary before such an endorsement may be available.
These findings were published in Metabolism in November 2017.