Why You Need Cinnamon in a Post-Workout Supplement
Oh cinnamon, you’re not just the smell of Christmas, you’re the taste of it. Sweet savory memories of apple cider with cinnamon sticks, warm icing-soaked cinnamon rolls on a cold wintry morning, cinnamon candles burning filling the air with the aroma of holidays as the days get shorter and the temperatures drop lower.
Hey, snap out of it!
Other than Christmas, what is cinnamon good for? Taste? Cooking? Flavoring?
Is that all you got?
What if we told you cinnamon is more than Christmas memories….
What if we told you it actually gives you results in the gym?
Not when it’s on warm iced rolls, silly. But when its alll up in your protein supplement.
Yes. We’re not even playing. Is this the best day ever? It’s about to be.
Cinnamon and Insulin
Cinnamon is a natural spice that increases insulin sensitivity and reduces insulin resistance. You might think this is not for you if you don’t have insulin problems, but that may be because you’ve successfully maintained healthy blood glucose levels with foods you choose to eat combined with your lifestyle. Doesn’t mean you don’t need to keep maintaining healthy levels, does it?
And, you know that you intentionally spike insulin levels post-workout with your protein drink in order to replace glycogen levels, rebuild and repair muscles and recover? Your insulin levels spike after eating, as well.
You want to do this, but then you want them to return to normal.
That’s where cinnamon comes in.
Why does this matter? Because increasing insulin sensitivity improves the body’s use of glucose.
If glucose is not used properly, it’s stored and becomes unwanted weight. If it is used post-workout to replenish glycogen and restore energy, it’s not stored as fat and you’re improving your results and your health. Additionally, replacing your glycogen stores keeps you in an anabolic state rather than a catabolic state because insulin keeps tabs on the levels of glycogen. If you’re running low, it signals a catabolic response. If you’re filled up, it triggers an anabolic response through muscle protein synthesis.
Meaning—you’re building muscle instead of breaking it down.
If you thought that was good enough, this savory spice has more to offer.
Cinnamon is an Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory and Lowers Fat
Cinnamon acts as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory which reduces oxidative stress. This has a cascading benefit on hormone balance and weight management.
It can also help keep your body in a healthy state and stave off sickness or illnesses associated with lowered immune systems.
And….it lowers lipids, or fats, in your body to keep you the lean, mean, workout machine you are.
There are tons of studies out there to support just how awesome this sweet spice is.
Studies show cinnamon decreases blood sugar, lowers body fat, enhances lean body mass, lowers blood pressure and acts as an anti-oxidant.
Finally, it relieves digestive symptoms like gas, bloating and dyspepsia.
And you thought cinnamon was just a Christmas spice. Pffffft.
Cinnamon is there nothing you can’t do!?
Get a Post-Workout Supplement with Cinnamon and Get Results
So, now you know—cinnamon should DEFINITELY be in your post-workout supplement. Need to know where to find one? We got you covered. Go here, get results. Boom.