We at Mc Currie have written on the benefits of Cinnamon prior to this. However, we always watch out for new benefits of cinnamon and its effect on illnesses.
As reported in the Daily Mail of London, Cinnamon could be a secret weapon in the battle against Parkinson’s disease. Scientists have found that cinnamon is the source of a chemical that can protect the brain.
Our liver converts cinnamon into sodium benzoate, an approved drug used in the treatment of neural disorders.
In a study of mice at Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago, a team of researchers found that the chemical enters the brain, stops the loss of proteins that help protect cells, protects neurons and improves motor functions.
Lead researcher Professor Kalipada Pahan told the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, “Cinnamon has been used widely as a spice throughout the word for centuries. This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.”
He said that the next step is testing cinnamon on patients with the disease.
The study found that, ground cinnamon after being eaten is converted into the chemical sodium benzoate, which enters the brain, stops the loss of Parkin and DJ-1, protects neurons, normalizes neurotransmitter levels and improves motor functions in mice with Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Pahan further said, “Understanding how the disease works is important to developing effective drugs that protect the brain and stop the progression of Parkinson’s”
Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain called the substantia nigra.
Primary motor signs are:-
1. Tremor of hands, legs, arms jaw and face.
2. Bradykinesia or slowness of movement
3. Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk.
4. Postural instability or impaired balance and co-ordination.
Professor Pahan further went on to say that tests had shown that “Ceylon” cinnamon is better at halting Parkinson’s as it is more pure.
Hence, for the purest of Cinnamon, visit our Showrooms at Maya Avenue, Colombo 6, Makumbura Pannipitiya ,or Nalanda (in the Matale District)