If you are one of those who find it difficult to memorize to your car’s license plate, the solution, at least in part, may lie in a seasoning obtained from the bark of the cinnamon. According to a study by an international group of scientists published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscienceconcluded that most of the studies carried out so far have shown that cinnamon is not only a good source of iron, calcium, fiber, vitamins C and B1 and selenium, but also antioxidant and antimicrobial, but significantly improves the memory and learning.

Studies have shown that cinnamon and its bioactive compounds can influence the brain function and affect behavioral characteristics. This study aimed to systematically review the work on the relationship between cinnamon and its main components in memory and learning. Two thousand six hundred and five studies from different databases were collected in September 2021 and investigated for eligibility.

As a result, 40 studies met the criteria and were included in this systematic review. The main result of most studies demonstrated that the cinnamon significantly improves cognitive function. In vivo studies have shown that the use of cinnamon or its components, such as eugenol, cinnamaldehyde It is cinnamic acidcould positively alter cognitive function.

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One such study was conducted at Rush University in Chicago and published in Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

The doctor Kalipada Pahan found in mice that cinnamon turns low-performing ‘students’ into good ‘students’. “The increase in learning in mice with learning problems after treatment with cinnamon was significant,” said Pahan. “For example, mice with learning difficulties took about 150 seconds to find the correct hole in the Barnes maze test. After a month of cinnamon treatment, the learning-disabled mice found the correct hole within 60 seconds.”

Pahan’s research shows that the effect appears to be due primarily to sodium benzoatea chemical produced when cinnamon is broken down in the body.

Cinnamon acts as a slow-release form of sodium benzoate, says Pahan. His laboratory studies show that different compounds in cinnamon, including cinnamaldehyde, which gives the spice its distinctive flavor and aroma, are “metabolized to sodium benzoate in the liver.” Sodium benzoate is then converted to the active compound, which readily enters the brain and stimulates plasticity of the hippocampus».

These changes in the hippocampus, the brain’s main memory center, appear to be the mechanism by which cinnamon and sodium benzoate exert their benefits.

In analyzing the basic disparities between good and bad students, Pahan’s team found differences in two brain proteins. The gap was almost erased when the cinnamon was given.

Cinnamon, like many spices, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. So you can be expected to take a variety of actions to improve healthand has a centuries-old history of medicinal use around the world.