The Spice ‘Cinnamon’ May Help Fight Parkinson’s

The battle against Parkinson’s disease has a new backer in the form of Cinnamon. Scientists have found that the spice is the source of a chemical that can protect the brain.

The liver converts cinnamon into sodium benzoate, a drug used in the treatment for neural disorders. In a recent study of mice at the Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago, a team of researchers discovered that the Chemical travels to the brain, stops the loss of proteins that help protect cells, protects neurons, and improves motor functions.

Professor Kalipada Pahan the leading researcher told the Journal of Neuro-immune Pharmacology: This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.

He is now calling for trial tests of ground cinnamon on patients with the disease.