Cinnamon could combat Alzheimers disease
Team of Tel Aviv University scientists, headed by Prof. Michael Ovadia, isolate a substance in the cinnamon plant which inhibits development of Alzheimers in mice.
By Dan Even, Haaretz, 9 June 2011
The scientists, headed by Prof. Michael Ovadia of the zoology department in the life sciences faculty, have isolated a substance from the cinnamon plant, referred to as CEppt, which inhibited the disease in laboratory mice.
The study, published in the scientific periodical PLoS ONE in January, was conducted with several Tel Aviv University life sciences laboratories, including those headed by Prof. Ehud Gazit, the university's deputy research and development president, Prof. Dan Segal and Dr. Dan Frenkel.
In the first stage, the scientists succeeded in showing with an electron microscope that the CEppt extract inhibits the creation of amyloid molecules. Extracting the substance involved creating powder from cinnamon sticks with a coffee grinder and isolating it in a solution in 4 degrees Celsius until use, the study says. read more