Antioxidants are the cornerstone of the memory healing diet. They help protect your brain from cognitive decline and memory loss due to chronic inflammation in the body. Cinnamon, cloves and allspice have more antioxidants than blueberries, making them an important addition to your diet. A sprinkling of cinnamon in your decaf, smoothie or on top of your oatmeal at breakfast can help protect your brain from memory loss and cognitive decline.
1. Cinnamon stabilizes sugar and reduces oxidative damage. Cinnamon acts as a potent antioxidant by helping to slow and stabilize blood sugar absorption, a key factor in preventing oxidative damage to the cells of your body and brain. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adding cinnamon to rice pudding significantly lowered the rise in blood sugar levels after eating.
2. Cinnamon curbs damaging chronic inflammation. Cinnamon acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the release of arachidonic acid. This highly inflammatory fatty acid contributes to the buildup of plaques in the blood vessels that predisposes you for inflammatory diseases like cognitive decline and memory loss. A study conducted by the National Institute of Health found that cinnamon, cloves and allspice have more antioxidant polyphenols per weight than even blueberries, a food renowned for its antioxidants.
3. Cinnamon is high in brain-friendly manganese. Manganese helps synthesize fatty acids a critical factor in brain health. Studies show that manganese also helps form the powerful antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD) as protection against oxidative damage to the vulnerable cells of your body and brain. Just 2 teaspoons of cinnamon contains almost 40% of your Daily Value (DV) for manganese.
4. Purchase health-promoting cinnamon. Cinnamomum zeylanicum from Ceylon is the best type of cinnamon for lowering blood sugar. It’s also known as sweet cinnamon, true cinnamon, and Ceylon cinnamon. Both cinnamomum zeylanicum and cinnamomum cassia appear to lower blood sugar, but the cassia also contains blood thinners known as coumarins that are hard on your liver and possibly carcinogenic.
Your grocer should be able to tell you which type of cinnamon the store carries, if it is not labeled. You can also order it online from Mountain Rose Herbs, where it is listed as sweet cinnamon, or Frontier Herbs, where it is listed as Ceylon cinnamon . Fortunately this little powerhouse comes from a tree bark, not a pharmaceutical company, so it’s extremely affordable. Start sprinkling today! Shake it on coffee, breakfast cereals, yogurt, popcorn and rice puddings. Work your way up to half a teaspoon per day or more to get the most benefit.
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