Cinnamon: Could this Popular Spice Make us Better Learners?

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“The study, published in the journal Neuroimmune Pharmacology, finds that mice that are considered poor learners improve in learning ability after consuming cinnamon. This would be one of the safest and the easiest approaches to convert poor learners to good learners,” says Kalipada Pahan, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study and the Floyd A. Davis Prof. of Neurology at Rush.”

“Researchers have located proteins in the hippocampus – the part of the brain that is involved in memory formation, memory organization, and memory storing – that are present in poor learners. In poor learners, less of the CREB protein – that plays a role in memory and learning – was present in the hippocampus. More of the alpha5 subunit of GABAA receptor or GABRA5 proteins – that generates tonic inhibitory conductance in the brain – was observed in poor learners than those mice that learned more effectively.”

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