Why Cinnamon May Hold Secrets to Alzheimer’s Prevention

Cinnamon has long been used to fight bacterial and fungal infections, as well as improve reproductive functions, treat indigestion, migraines and cramping, in addition to helping regulate insulin levels for diabetics. Recent studies suggest that it may also have anti-Alzheimer’s disease properties. 

Can Cinnamon Prevent Alzheimer's?

Here is a closer look at the claim and what it means for the future of Alzheimer’s treatment.

Anti-Alzheimer’s Properties in Cinnamon

Alzheimer’s is growing at epidemic proportions. With diagnosis rates expected to triple in upcoming years and no cure in sight, researchers are focusing on finding ways to prevent the neurodegenerative disease. Recent studies have shown that the common spice, cinnamon, may be able to help prevent Alzheimer’s.

There are two compounds found in cinnamon that have an inhibitory effect on a protein in the brain called tau. These compounds, cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin, can possibly prevent the aggregation of the tau protein, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s. Tau proteins can form clumps or tangles in the brain which researchers think can be the cause of the disease. The compounds found in cinnamon have been shown to prevent these clumps from occurring, and thus, possibly preventing Alzheimer’s.

Roshni Graves, adjunct professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and researcher on a study of the effects of cinnamon on Alzheimer’s explains the relationship like this:

“Take, for example, sunburn, a form of oxidative damage. If you wore a hat, you could protect your face and head from the oxidation. In a sense, this cinnamaldehyde is like a cap.”

The Connection Between Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and Cinnamon

The strong connection between Alzheimer’s and diabetes is no secret. With almost 70% of people with type II diabetes ultimately developing Alzheimer’s, some researchers believe Alzheimer’s may be a type of diabetes. It is interesting to note that cinnamon has been shown to have positive effects on those with type II diabetes by lowering their blood sugar. One recent study found that participants who had diabetes lowered their blood sugar by up to 24% by consuming 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon for 40 days.

Adding More Cinnamon in Your Diet

While researchers caution that more research needs to be done before using cinnamon for Alzheimer’s prevention, it can’t hurt to incorporate it into your diet. Here are a few ways you can add it into your daily routine:

  • Put cinnamon in your morning coffee or tea
  • Take cinnamon in a capsule (two 500 mg capsules are recommended)
  • Put cinnamon on your toast, cereal, or oatmeal
  • Add cinnamon to baked or raw fruit

Have you or a loved one taken a cinnamon supplement and experienced its health benefits? Share your story with us in the comments below.

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Please leave your thoughts and comments

  • Put cinnamon in your smoothies, muffins, in Indian dishes, soups and casseroles and lots of desserts! Yah cinnamon!!!

  • Cinnamon is a great spice to add to your breakfast on toast or in oatmeal. And if it can help prevent tangles in the brain why not include it regularly in your diet.

  • Barbara O’Brien

    My Mom and Grandmother both died of Alzheimers disease. Mom at 74 and Gram at 84 years of age. I did some research on cinnamon. You need to be careful of what kind you get. Beware of cinnamon Verum also called Zeylanicum. I bought CinSulin by Trunature from Amazon. CinSulin doesn’t have the harmful fat-soluble compounds in it. Also, 500 mg of CinSulin is equal to 5,000mgs of cinnamon bark. It cost me $22.45 for 170 capsules. I will keep everyone up to date after I have been taking it for a few months. Also, I am curious to see what it does for my sugar levels. I am not diabetic yet. But……my blood sugar usually runs about 104 on my glucose tester. I was there for both of these deaths and it is a horrible way to go. I have the Lord on my side and now maybe cinnamon.:>)

    • la0508

      You do NOT need to beware of Cinnamomum Verum also known as Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, or Ceylon cinnamon! Ceylon cinnamon, true cinnamon, is the only variety that is extremely low in coumarins that will damage the liver if consumed frequently! Cassia–the cinnamon we are used to buying in the grocery store, and which has that “red hot candy” taste–is high in coumarins. The coumarins are found in the fat soluble portion of cassia cinnamon, so if you do use it, it is best to make a tea out of the chopped bark or cinnamon sticks , so that you are only capturing the water-soluble portions of the cassia. True cinnamon, however, which is very low in coumarins while high in the components that inhibit AND reverse hyperphsophorylated tau, can be used straight off the spoon in your coffee, tea, however you like it. I have found that the whole cinnamon is far more effective than any capsule or extract. Be sure you are really getting true cinnamon, however–I have found some merchants who claim to sell true cinnamon but who actually are selling one or another variety of cassia, probably through ignorance. Frontier Herbs sells a very high quality true cinnamon, about $20/lb on Amazon.

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