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Curry May Slow Alzheimer’s

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.

Source: UCLA

Curry May Slow Alzheimer’s

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Curry May Slow Alzheimer’s. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2007/07/18/curry-may-slow-alzheimers/1023.html

 

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