Smart Spicy Cinnamon!

I was talking about cinnamon being used pharmacologically and here is a bit of a journal abstract:

Cinnamon is widely used by humans, both as a spice and as a traditional medicine. It is, perhaps, one of the oldest herbal medicines, having been mentioned in the Bible (Exodus, Proverbs and Song of Songs) and in Chinese texts as long as 4,000 years ago [22]. The unique healing abilities of cinnamon are due to various components such as cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol, in addition to a wide range of other volatile substances including safrole, coumarin and cinnamic acid esters [22]. Cinnamon has unique medicinal abilities such as blood sugar control [23], anti-oxidant [22], anti inflammatory [24] and anti-microbial activities [25]. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that cinnamon has an inhibitory effect on Tau aggregation related to AD [26], as well as pharmacological properties in the treatment of type II diabetes [22]. Studies have shown that the potentially toxic compounds in cinnamon bark are found primarily in lipid soluble fractions but are present only in extremely low levels in water soluble cinnamon extracts [27] which are therefore considered highly safe for uptake. Here, we demonstrate the use of a natural substance based on aqueous cinnamon extract (CEppt) as an efficacious therapeutic agent that inhibits Aβ oligomer formation and ameliorates AD symptoms. In addition, we suggest the use of an efficacious platform for screening molecules as AD drugs using in vitro cell culture and in vivo AD fly and aggressive AD mouse model.

Take that!  Sucking on cinnamon is smarter than it looks!  Although I hope that everyone notes that there are potentially toxic compounds in cinnamon bark!  Let’s let the scientists figure out what part of cinnamon actually helps before we inhale it!




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