Yes, really. Cake 'cure' for dementia.
Here's the paper's health correspondent Jo Willey:
Scientists are hailing an everyday cooking spice as a possible cure for Alzheimer’s – after finding clues in the Bible.
They say cinnamon, used in everything from cakes to curries, could be the “holy grail” in slowing or even eradicating dementia in patients.
An extract in cinnamon bark called CEppt was given in liquid form to mice and fruit flies bred with Alzheimer’s. After four months, the diseased creatures were said to have shown “remarkably” normal “activity levels and longevity”.
So it's not actually a 'cake cure' and as it has not been tested on humans, it may not be a cure at all.
At the end of the article, there's a tell-tale quote from the Alzheimer's Society:
“Although these results look promising in mice and fruit flies, it’s too soon to know what effect it would have in people.
“We wouldn’t recommend stocking up on cinnamon doughnuts just yet. The amount needed to have any hope would far exceed that in an everyday diet.”
Another statement from the Society reiterated this point:
However people shouldn't rush out to buy this popular spice. This research is in the early stages and looked at mice not humans. We are therefore a long way from using cinnamon in the fight against Alzheimer's.
NHS Behind the Headlines has more:
It is important to note that this was an animal study and its findings may not apply to humans. Also, these experiments used a cinnamon extract rather than cinnamon itself, and it is not clear whether eating cinnamon would have the same effect. It is also unclear how much cinnamon it would be necessary to eat to have an effect, and there are chemicals in cinnamon bark that may have harmful effects if eaten in large quantities.
This is preliminary research and more investigation is needed to determine whether this extract is safe and works in humans. It is much too early to claim that this extract could be the “holy grail” for slowing or eradicating Alzheimer’s disease.
The Daily Express overstated the findings of this study. Stating that a “Cake cure for dementia” has been discovered is premature as this study examined the impact of a specific extract derived from cinnamon, not cake, in animal models of dementia rather than in humans.