Cinnamon is a familiar spice with a long list of purported and proven health benefits. In recent years, cinnamon has been researched for its ability to reduce risks of some common diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Interestingly, cinnamon’s protective effects against these two health conditions may be partly intertwined. Read on to learn more about the role cinnamon could play in preventing Alzheimer’s, brought to you by Home Care Assistance of Dayton, OH.
Alzheimer’s Disease, Insulin Resistance and Cinnamon
Insulin resistance is a key component of type 2 diabetes and has been recognized as a likely contributor to Alzheimer’s disease. In a healthy body, insulin has protective effects on brain cells. Brain tissue that becomes resistant to insulin loses this protection and becomes prone to deterioration. Cinnamon, which supports insulin sensitivity when eaten regularly in normal amounts, may cut Alzheimer’s disease risk by preserving the beneficial effects of insulin on the brain.
Cinnamon Antioxidants and Alzheimer’s Risk
Cinnamon is a very potent source of antioxidants, most notably cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin. Research has found that these compounds inhibit tau protein, a substance that is known to build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. If the tau protein is indeed to blame for causing Alzheimer’s, this effect of cinnamon could be valuable for keeping the disease at bay.
Cinnamon can be consumed in capsule form, sprinkled on food, or as a flavoring for teas and coffees. Because cinnamon has a mild sweetening effect, it can also be a healthy alternative to sugar for people at higher risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. People who are taking diabetes medications or blood thinners should consult a doctor before consuming larger amounts of cinnamon because dosage adjustments may become necessary. Used daily, cinnamon may represent another option for keeping memory sharp in old age.
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