How to live longer: Spice to reduce risk of cancers, prevent diabetes and boost longevity – Express

Research has also indicated that by simply smelling cinnamon the cognitive processing was enhanced, however by also consuming the spice also significantly boosted brain function.

Scientists at Wheeling Jesuit University asked volunteers to complete computer-based tasks while chewing no gum, plain gum, or gum flavoured with cinnamon, peppermint, or jasmine.

Cognitive processing was boosted the most in those given cinnamon, which sped up visual-motor responses and improved attention scores.

The aromatic spice may also help the brain heal as one study from scientists at the Agricultural Research Service found that cinnamon extract helped prevent brain cells from swelling in the ways typically seen after a traumatic brain injury or stroke.