Cinnamon is a powerful and fragrant spice. It is obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum. As a spice it has been used for centuries in both sweet and savory food. Pretty few other spices can boast this kind of use. Nor its versatility. Cinnamon has also been used in medicine as well as in perfumery.
Among the benefits associated with the spice include carb blocking, blood sugar management, and gastrointestinal health. You may want to add “improve learning ability” to the list.
A study published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology shows that a daily dose of cinnamon could help improve memory. Researchers from The Rush University Medical Center, California, found that mice with poor learning ability improved when they were orally fed with cinnamon.
The rodents’ body’s metabolized the spice into sodium benzoate (NaB), a chemical used in treatment of brain damage. When sodium benzoate entered the brain, it affected it in such a manner as to promote memory and learning.
You can read more on this at the UPI website.
Cinnamon And The Brain
The benefits of cinnamon for brain function are actually not something new, and have been reported in scientific studies as well as other areas such as folk medicine. A Previous study showed that cinnamon to potentially halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease-type symptoms in mice.
As weird as sounds, some respectable publications have it that smelling the scent of cinnamon can enhance memory, focus, and alertness. Chewing cinnamon gum is claimed to do likewise.
Now that you know that cinnamon is good for your body as well as brain, all you need is to run to the grocery store and get some cinnamon, right? Then, all you have to do is regularly sprinkle some on you food or drink, right? Wrong and wrong.
You see, the powdered cinnamon you buy at the store is usually cheap and very low quality. It has often been stored for long periods and usually contains additives. These can cause degradation.
Some food experts advice grinding your own cinnamon sticks to ensure quality. If you can do this, by all means go ahead. But our lives only keep getting busier and therefore this may not be practical for many people. We shall cover how to get quality ground cinnamon in a future post.