I recently addressed a study that showed promise of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables reversing Alzheimer's disease. I've just picked up on another study showing essentially the same thing. Titled "Molecules in Plants May Have Beneficial Effect on Alzheimer's Disease," this report was found on newswise.com. The article cites a study led by researchers the University of South Florida and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center which was published in Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.
The researchers gave flavonoids, which are found in certain fruits and vegetables, to a mouse genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer's disease. Using these flavanoid molecules, they were able to reduce the levels of amyloid-beta protein, which forms the sticky deposits in the brains of those with Alzheimer's.
The newswise.com article states that "The results may offer a new approach to therapy for patients suffering from this neurodegenerative illness."
The study authors note that "These flavonoids are widely available in natural foods and it appears that they may be used in purified form as therapeutic agents. The compounds have few if any side effects and are naturally occurring in citrus fruits."
Once again, this is not magic for anyone. To me, this shows that super-nutrition may be one of the many ways to approach curing, or better yet prevention, of Alzheimer's disease. I doubt that eating a lot of oranges will cure someone with advanced Alzheimer's, however, this knowledge and new science making these natural food ingredients available in strengths and forms that can be used by the body to stay healthy, and perhaps even heal itself, should brain chemicals go awry.
There will be many more pharmaceuticals coming on the market. Some will help one person, but not another. There will be people who live in climates where they have picked fresh oranges off a backyard tree for their entire life, yet they will develop Alzheimer's.
Likely, with Alzheimer's, as with many diseases, there won't be one approach that works for all. And for some of us, as yet diagnosed, there still may be nothing we can do. However, increasing our intake of flavonoids in foods and/or supplement form is something we can do for our overall health. If it ends up helping deter Alzheimer's disease that is one huge bonus.
Published On: May 12, 2008