CinnamonCinnamon is a very common spice and natural remedy with a great number of therapeutic values and health benefits. It is also one of the oldest known spices which was very highly valued in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. It is mentioned in the Song of Solomon, in the oldest known version of the Hebrew Bible. Cinnamon is widely used for baking, serving some drinks, spicing some desserts, as well as an amazing natural remedy for treating and preventing some unwanted health conditions. Studies have shown that this natural solution can work great for reducing bacteria, preventing type 2 diabetes and various bacterial diseases. This natural remedy is considered great for preventing hypertension and warding off serious cardiovascular diseases. As a great stimulant, cinnamon can boost metabolism and speed up weight loss. However, some new previously unknown therapeutic benefits of cinnamon have been reported and widely discussed in scientific circles.

As a group of researchers based in the University of California, Santa Barbara, have discovered, this natural remedy can have very powerful effects and can be used for Alzheimer’s disease prevention. These findings were published this week in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. It was known before that cinnamon should be considered a very effective natural remedy with antioxidant properties, however, its effects on our brain activity were not known before. The scientists looked closer at chemical formula of cinnamon, and found out that this natural remedy is rich in the compounds known as epicatechin and cinnamaldehyde. Portrait of old woman isolatedThose are actually two essential components of the formula which give the spice its distinctive pleasant flavor and taste we all are familiar with and like so much. It turned out that the mentioned substances play a role in supporting our brain function and reducing the risks of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia like brain disorders.

It is a known fact that Alzheimer’s disease and all other related neuro-degenerative diseases are linked to excessive amounts of tau proteins forming clumps and causing human brain shrinking. As it became apparent during the study, the mentioned compounds of cinnamon play a role in slowing down tau protein clumps formation, thus preventing the development and reducing Alzheimer’s risk. The researchers underline that further studies are necessary to collect more of  scientific evidence to the fact. Experts warn off people using big doses of this spice as a new remedy to reduce Alzheimer’s risks, probably due to sad effects of a recent trend known as Cinnamon challenge (people were challenged to eat 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder which is quite hard and quite dangerous things to do). In anyways, those who are interested in learning more details about the findings of the University of California scientists as to the dementia preventing powers of cinnamon can check out this report.

Actually, cinnamon is not the first natural remedy recommended to be used for Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Recently, the researchers at the University of Florida have discovered positive effects of coffee on our brain function. According to the findings of their study, consuming as many as 3 cups of high quality coffee a day can be a great natural solution for reducing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease risks. The scientists analyzed the info on 125 participants which they managed to collect for 4 years. Furthermore, Florida researchers carried out some experiments with lab rats, and could see that increased doses of caffeine in blood slow down tau protein clumps formation, thus work great for Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Add cinnamon to your daily diet, and enjoy numerous health benefits and therapeutic properties of this great natural remedy. Follow the guidelines of a healthy lifestyle, including living an active life and choosing a healthy diet, learn to keep away from stresses, and boost your longevity this way.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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