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The food that guards your brain

Brain Food

Parkinson’s disease can destroy sections of your brain and cripple your neurons. But scientists at the Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, had discovered a common food that can reverse this deadly process.

The study shows that cinnamon can offset the destructive effects of Parkinson’s.

“Cinnamon has been used widely as a spice throughout the world for centuries,” says researcher Kalipada Pahan. “This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.”

According to the scientists, their tests show that after you consume cinnamon, the body converts it to sodium benzoate, a substance that can go into the brain and protect neurons. It also supports healthy neurotransmitter levels and may help motor functions.

More than 1 million people suffer Parkinson’s disease in the United States and Canada. About 15 percent of these people develop the disease before age 50. It strikes about 1 percent of people over the age of 60.

Carl Lowe

Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.