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Can Cinnamon Help Prevent Alzheimer’s?

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

Aside from being a tasty spice, cinnamon also has numerous health benefits ranging from naturally treating indigestion to reducing inflammation. Recent research suggests that there may be another health benefit associated with cinnamon–the ability to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Read on to learn more about the connection between the two, brought to you by the Omaha senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance.

Affecting a Protein Related to Alzheimer’s

Two compounds in cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin, have been shown to affect tau, a protein in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Those compounds prevent the tau protein from forming “clumps” within the brain that scientists believe lead to the death of nerve cells.

Alzheimer’s, Type II Diabetes, and Blood Sugar

There’s a school of thought among researchers that Alzheimer’s may be a form of diabetes. Regardless of whether or not that proves to be true, one study suggests that cinnamon can lower blood sugar naturally by nearly 30 percent (when consuming 1/4 teaspoon twice daily). Such findings provide an added incentive to manage diabetes, with the potential payoff being a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s later in life.

How to Incorporate Cinnamon

The jury may still be out on the connection between cinnamon and Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are many other very good reasons to add cinnamon to your loved one’s daily diet. Consider the following ways to “spice up” his or her diet with some cinnamon:

• Add a little cinnamon to daily coffee/tea
• Top a serving of raw or baked fruit with some cinnamon
• Toss a dash of cinnamon on cereal or toast

Cinnamon isn’t likely to affect any medications your senior loved one may be taking. If he or she isn’t a big fan of cinnamon, it can also be consumed in capsule form, with 500mg being the recommended dosage.

If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a form of memory impairment and you’re not sure what comes next, turn to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Omaha, and can ensure your loved one has help with everything from cooking to personal care. To learn more, call a friendly Care Manager at (402) 763-9140 and request a complimentary in-home consultation.