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Cinnamon cools your stomach

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Adding cinnamon to your diet can cool your body by up to two degrees, according to research published this week in Scientific Reports. And the spice may also contribute to a general improvement in overall health.

The project leader, distinguished professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, from RMIT University's School of Engineering in Melbourne, Australia, said the results of the study, which used pigs, seemed to show that cinnamon maintained the integrity of the stomach wall.

“When pigs feed at room temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2) gas increases in their stomach. Cinnamon in their food reduces this gas by decreasing the secretion of gastric acid and pepsin from the stomach walls, which in turn cools the pigs’ stomachs during digestion. When the pigs are hot, they hyperventilate, which reduces CO2 production. With cinnamon treatment, CO2 decreases even further. This not only cools the pigs but also leads to a significant improvement in their overall health,” he said.

No wonder cinnamon is so popular in warm regions.

The research is part of a bigger study at RMIT into gut health using swallowable gas sensor capsules or smart pills, developed at the University.

Kalantar-zadeh said gut gases were the by-product of digestion and could provide valuable insights into the functioning and health of the gut.

“Our experiments with pigs and cinnamon show how swallowable gas sensor capsules can help provide new physiological information that will improve our understanding of diet or medicine. They are a highly reliable device for monitoring and diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders. They will revolutionize food science as we know it.”

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