Study Finds that Cinnamon Can Improve Memory and Learning

Study Finds that Cinnamon Can Improve Memory and Learning

Cinnamon, which is commonly used in cooking and baking, can do more than just please your taste buds with its aromatic flavor and smell.

According to a recent study, consuming cinnamon-flavored foods might enhance learning and memory, as well as possibly lessen some anxiety symptoms.

This only confirms older studies that have also found cinnamon to be really good for your health.

Cinnamon provides anti inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti cancer benefits, research says. Additionally, the spice may improve the immune system.

After completing an analysis of other research papers, a team of scientists from Birjand University of Medical Sciences has concluded that consuming cinnamon may assist in preventing or lessening memory loss and enhancing the learning process overall.

The team examined 40 studies that looked into the advantages of consuming cinnamon for learning and memory.

33 of those 40 studies were carried out in vivo, and 5 were done in vitro.

The majority of the studies showed that cinnamon consumption does indeed improve memory and learning.

Cinnamon and its components, including cinnamic acid and cinnamaldehyde, were found to have a positive impact on cognitive function in-vivo.

The researchers found that adding cinnamon or cinnamaldehyde to the cell medium can increase cell viability while lowering amyloid-beta and Tau aggregation, the latter of which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

The clinical studies centered on the consumption of cinnamon by young individuals and pre-diabetic adults under the age of 60.

While the pre-diabetic adults ate 2g of cinnamon-infused white bread, the young adults were told to chew cinnamon-flavored gum sticks.

The cognitive and memory performance of young people who consumed cinnamon gum was better, and they also experienced less anxiety.

The pre-diabetic patients’ cognitive performance, however, remained essentially unchanged after eating the cinnamon bread.

Despite the fact that cinnamon and its constituents seem to improve cognition and learning, experts note that additional research is required for a definitive assessment to be made.

In other words, future studies on the effects of cinnamon on the human brain are needed in order to examine if cinnamon can indeed decrease cognitive decline and enhance general brain health.


Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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