Researchers from the University of Michigan recently discovered that an essential oil in cinnamon may be useful in the fight against obesity. Cinnamaldehyde was shown to boost metabolic health via stimulating fat cells to burn energy – a process known as thermogenesis.
The new study tested fat cells from volunteers with cinnamaldehyde. The results noted an “increased expression” of enzymes and genes that boost metabolism. It also increased the proteins that are beneficial to thermogenesis.
While the study authors suggested that cinnamaldehyde could be useful in the fight against obesity, they did not endorse cinnamon as a weight-loss method. More research is needed before that connection can be made.
These findings were published in Metabolism in November 2017.