The benefits of honey and various different spices have been well known for centuries. But in recent times the remedy of honey and cinnamon for weight loss has become popular. So does this really work? If so, then how does it work and how can you make it work for you?
Before looking at the efficacy of honey and cinnamon for weight loss, let us look at the individual properties of both these foods that make them good for health even individually.
Health benefits of cinnamon
Not only is this flavorful inner bark of a tree great when added to food and beverages, it is known to have natural antiviral properties thatstudies have found to be effective even against HIV. Cinnamon is a useful antidote to digestive problems and is known to have anti-inflammatory effects as well. Interestingly,studies have found that sniffing cinnamon canimprove memory and cognitive functioning.
In addition, cinnamon is known to improve insulin resistance and to control blood sugarlevels. Cinnamon can also help in decreasing heart risk since it is known to help with blood triglyceride levels, bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is this property of cinnamon why the remedy of honey and cinnamon for weight loss seems to work.
Health benefits of honey
Since honey is known to be high in calories, we may well wonder how it can help us lose weight. However it is also packed with goodness, which makes honey good for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, blood glucose, and triglyceride levels and so on. Honey we know has natural antibacterial properties (one of the reasons why honey never goes bad) that also helps in promoting good health.
It is also thought that the metabolic problems that cause weight gain can be countered by honey, and in this way it can help in weight loss. Honey also builds up immunity and since it gives an energy boost it can encourage one to workout longer and harder, which helps with weight loss in yet another way.
Honey and cinnamon for weight loss
From the foregoing, it becomes clear, that both honey as well as cinnamon are great for health and that they each have individual properties that will help in weight loss. Also the fact that this is a whollynatural remedy for weight loss also makes it attractive. So how can both these food items be consumed to help in weight loss?
One simple way to have honey and cinnamon for weight loss is by taking about half a teaspoon of cinnamon to boiling water (about a cup), then allowing this mixture to cool before adding a spoon full of honey to it. This concoction is best had early in the morning on an empty stomach: a tasty, healthful mixture, which will also help in your efforts towards weight loss. Honey and cinnamon can be added to food (honey can be a healthy sugar substitute) in different ways to increase their overall consumption which is a good idea even for reasons other than weight loss.