The Spice of Life

 

About one in eight American adults over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. Yet a recent study conducted at Tel Aviv University has found that the common spice, cinnamon, helps prevent Alzheimer’s.

Mice who had been genetically altered to develop Alzheimer’s were fed CEppt, a substance extracted from cinnamon bark. Four months later, researchers found that the mice receiving CEppt developed Alzheimer’s at a much slower rate than the mice who were fed a normal diet.

The therapeutic dose for humans is comprised of 10 grams of raw cinnamon daily—which is a lot, to say the least. A raw cinnamon powder supplement that can prevent or delay Alzheimer’s is in the process of being developed. In the meantime, it’s also been shown that cinnamon, in small doses such as a sprinkle to two in your morning coffee, can reduce viral illnesses.