Cinnamon extract 'slows Alzheimer's'

Posted on 28 June 2011

A cinnamon extract may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to research likely to be of interest to those with long term care plans.

Research conducted at Tel Aviv University discovered that an extract found in cinnamon bark contains properties able to inhibit the development of the neurodegenerative condition.

Scientists isolated extract CEppt and introduced it into the drinking water of mice with an animal model of Alzheimer's disease, according to the study published in journal PLoS ONE.

After four months, results showed the progression of the condition to have significantly slowed in the mice, with activity levels and longevity similar to that of the mice which did not have the condition.

Professor Michael Ovadia, of the university, said that the discovery is "extremely exciting".

"While there are companies developing synthetic AD inhibiting substances, our extract would not be a drug with side effects, but a safe, natural substance that human beings have been consuming for millennia," he continued.

In other news, a new biomarker involving soluble amyloid precursor protein beta may better predict Alzheimer's disease, according to research published online in journal Neurology.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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