The onset of Alzheimer's disease, as well as its symptoms, may be slowed down by a natural compound present in pomegranates, according to research conducted at the University of Huddersfield, in West Yorkshire, UK. During his two-year project, Dr. Olumayokun Olajide, a specialist in anti-inflammatory properties of natural products, not only discovered the benefits of pomegranate in Alzheimer's disease, but also that it may help reducing the painful inflammation caused by diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease.
Punicalagin, the polyphenol chemical compound found in pomegranate, is able to block the inflammation of certain cells of the brain, the micrologia, which are responsible for the deterioration of more brain cells, causing the worsening of Alzheimer's, as stated by the breakthrough findings of the study. The scientist believes that punicalagin may be a way of preventing or slowing down the development of the disease, for which there is no known cure.
Working in collaboration with researchers from the University of Huddersfield's Department of Pharmacy and from the University of Freiburg in Germany, Dr. Olaije tested his theory on isolated brain cells from rat