In the search for a natural remedy to prevent or mitigate Alzheimer’s disease, researchers discover the active ingredient of curry helps the immune system clear brain peptides associated with the development of brain plaques.
The compound bisdemethoxycurcumin, is a natural substance found in turmeric root.
In addition to boosting macrophages to clear the peptide amyloid beta, researchers identified the immune genes associated with this activity.
The study provides more insight into the role of the immune system in Alzheimer’s disease and points to a new treatment approach.
Researchers say that it may be possible to test a patient’s immune response with a blood sample in order to individualize treatment.
The genes involved in the process, called MGAT III and Toll-like receptors, are also responsible for a number of other key functions in the immune system.
The results also suggest a new drug development approach for the disease that differs from the amyloid-beta vaccine.
The new approach relies on the innate immune system, which is present at birth rather than on antibodies produced by B cells, which is a later developed part of the active immune system.