This is somewhat of a bold statement, but two compounds found in cinnamon may well prevent the onset of the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of California in Santa Barbara claim to have successfully used two compounds found in cinnamon to prevent the tangles of tau protein that is strongly linked to Alzheimer’s. It is these tangles of tau that are mainly responsible for the loss of memory associated with Alzheimer’s, these tangles apparently cross wires in the brain meaning memories from years ago seem like they only happened yesterday, and yet sufferers cannot recall anything from the day before.
However, when researchers exposed the tangles of tau to cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin the tangles appeared to cease. The cinnamon compounds seemed to act as a protective blanket so to speak, shielding the tau proteins from the oxidative stress associated with the tangles.