A Sweet End to Alzheimer’s?
That cinnamon you’re putting in your coffee every day may just be saving your mental health. A team of scientists at Tel Aviv University have isolated a substance from the cinnamon plant that inhibited the disease in mice.
They studied this substance, named CEppt under an electron microscope, and observed that it blocked the creation of amyloid molecules. They extracted the substance from cinnamon powder and placed it in the drinking water of mice and flies bred to develop Alzheimer’s through planned genetic mutations.
After four months, the researchers noted that the disease had not developed correctly, and the animals’ lifespans was similar to that of the control group. Since CEppt not only blocks amyloid fibers from forming, but also destroys fibers that are already present. This means that the substance can also stop people with Alzheimer’s from suffering further damage.
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