You’ve probably heard that cinnamon can help control blood sugar. It’s been in the news repeatedly the past few years. In one recent study, published in Diabetes Care, a group of type-2 diabetics took from ¼ to 1 tsp of cinnamon a day. All of them had a significant reduction in their blood sugar in just 40 days. As a result of this and other research, cinnamon is a common ingredient in supplement formulas designed to lower blood sugar.
Now the news about cinnamon has just gotten better. Researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered that a particular extract in cinnamon can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
The extract is CEppt. It’s an amazing extract that has known antiviral properties. But these researchers wanted to see how it affects Alzheimer’s. So they gave CEppt to mice that they bred to develop an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s. Their disease didn’t progress as usual. Instead, it slowed significantly. What’s more, their activity and longevity matched those of healthy mice.
Just how does CEppt work? It inhibits the formation of substances that make the plaque found in Alzheimer’s patients’ brains.
That’s not all.
CEppt may even be able to cure Alzheimer’s after its molecules are already formed. Future studies will focus on this possibility.
Unlike type 2-diabetes, you can’t obtain the Alzheimer’s benefits of cinnamon by simply adding it to your diet or even by taking a cinnamon supplement. In large enough quantities, cinnamon becomes toxic. The answer is to extract CEppt from cinnamon bark. This extract isn’t toxic. So you can take it in large quantities.
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Many researchers are looking for a synthetic drug to inhibit Alzheimer’s plaque. But these Israeli researchers are looking to make a natural extract that’s safe and effective.
You won’t find CEppt anywhere yet. But I expect it’s on the horizon. I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it becomes available. Meanwhile, remember that cinnamon is effective in regulating blood sugar and in preventing viral infections in lower amounts. Sprinkle it on your cereal. Add it to your smoothies. And put some in your coffee or tea. It’s possible taking it over a long period of time could help your memory.
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Dr. Janet Zand
Diabetes Care, August 22, 2003.