Study suggests an Alzheimer's deterrent could come from a kitchen

Cinnamon may help Alzheimer's patientsA recent study conducted by researchers of the Tel Aviv University suggests that the household and pantry item, cinnamon, can actually deter Alzheimer's disease.

There is an extract found in a cinnamon bark that is called CEppt, and this was put into the water of mice subjects, who were genetically mutated to have the disease. The researchers found that it diminished symptoms a great deal. They also speculate that it could maybe even cure it.

However, the only problem is that the amount of cinnamon it would to take to help a human is substantial, 10 grams a day. But it is a step in the right direction.

"The discovery is extremely exciting. While there are companies developing synthetic AD inhibiting substances, our extract would not be a drug with side effects, but a safe, natural substance that human beings have been consuming for millennia," said Professor Michael Ovadia, a researcher for the study.

Alzheimer's disease has been growing among older Americans, and 5.4 million people are currently suffering from it. As the number of individuals with the illness increases, so does the number of people who become family caregivers. There are currently 14.9 million Americans who provide unpaid Alzheimer's care for a loved one, according to the Alzheimer's Association.