Cinnamon May Have The Key To Preventing Alzheimer’s

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.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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