Effects on Alzheimer’s and Inflammation
Besides the evidence from a June 2011 report from Tel Aviv University about its effect warding off neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, it reduces pain linked to arthritis:
The research team at Tel Aviv University tested CEppt on mice that were raised with five aggressive strains of Alzheimer’s-inducing genes. When given water containing a CEppt solution over four months, researchers found that the ingredient inhibited the formation of toxic amyloid plaques and also prevented these plaques from killing brain cells in the mice. Amyloid plaques are a major hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.
But most importantly, studies at the Department of Internal Medicine at Kyung Hee University in South Korea offered proof Cinnamon can decrease the effects of diseases like Alzheimer’s by reducing cytokines and claimed the study would “contribute to a better understanding of the immunomodulatory action of cinnamon bark for the application of inflammatory disorders.”
Cinnamon and Arthritis
“Cinnamon takes a back seat to no babka. People love cinnamon. It should be on tables at restaurants along with salt and pepper. Anytime anyone says, “Oh this is so good, what’s in it?” The answer invariably comes back, “Cinnamon.” “Cinnamon.” Again and again. Lesser babka?? I think not.” – Jerry Seinfeld
Rheumatoid arthritis leads to the unusual loss of bone in major joints. Higher-than-usual levels of activity by osteoclastic cells causes deformity, immobility and of course pain connected with rheumatoid arthritis and other skeletal-related conditions. A 2008 Japanese study proved the main properties of cinnamon have an alleviating effect on arthritis by inhibiting these bone cells:
In summary, this study points to the conclusion that C. zeylanicum inhibits RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis. This finding raises prospects for the development of a novel approach in the treatment of osteopenic disease.
The research seems promising but there haven’t been any official vindications of the research just yet. No major medical associations in the Western world have come to the conclusion cinnamon should be used as part of a healthy diet designed to combat arthritis, let alone neuro diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
There are natural remedies (as cited by the Korean study mentioned up above) that some homeopathic companies have developed to use cinnamon as an incorporated part of a healthy diet against conditions like arthritis (again, this hasn’t been confirmed as a verifiable difference-maker just yet, but it looks promising).