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Cinnamon Works to Avert Alzheimer’s

Updated on January 2, 2014

A favorite childhood spice

Isn’t it great when the simple things in life turn out to be the best. When the classic things that we all did as kids come back and take their rightful place in the limelight. Take cinnamon for instance. Adding this wonderful substance to a cup of hot chocolate or putting a sprinkle of it on a piece of pumpkin pie just makes it a little better. We all did it. But way back then, cinnamon simply was a spice. It was stocked in almost everyone’s spice cabinet.

Nowadays though, cinnamon might stop or even prevent Alzheimer's. The University of California at Santa Barbara has confirmed that cinnamon helps protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Cinnamon sticks are great to chew on.
Cinnamon sticks are great to chew on.

Breathe deeply and enjoy that cinnamon smell.

So breathe deeply and think about the wonderful smell of cinnamon, because it's actually that undeniable odor that gives it a kind of super power and is the secret to this powerful little food. According to a study just published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, this smell is created by antioxidants. We all know that antioxidants are good for us. It's these very antioxidants that help to defend against mental damage.

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Cinnamon coffee with a cinnamon roll!

Enjoy a cup of cinnamon coffee with a cinnamon roll. Yummy!
Enjoy a cup of cinnamon coffee with a cinnamon roll. Yummy!

Cinnamon protects your brain against tau proteins.

It's kind of like putting on sunblock against the sun. The components that make up cinnamon act kind of like a hat against the formation of tau proteins in the brain. "If you wore a hat, you could protect your face and head from oxidation (from the sun). In a sense, cinnamon is like a cap," says Roshni Graves, of the university's Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology.

So, stock up on cinnamon. Put a sprinkle in your coffee or brush your teeth with some. My favorite is chewing on a stick of raw cinnamon.


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    • RTalloni profile image


      5 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting to learn that a study has been completed. Do you have a reference link for it that includes what the dosage recommendations are?


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