Three South African Plants Can Inhibit the Production of Toxic Amyloid Proteins, Study Reveals

Three South African Plants Can Inhibit the Production of Toxic Amyloid Proteins, Study Reveals
Extracts from three South African plants can help prevent the formation of toxic amyloid protein aggregates known to contribute to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a research study revealed. This finding may help identify new active compounds to be explored as potential therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer's. The study, “Potential of South African Medicinal plants targeting the reduction of Aβ42 Protein as a treatment of Alzheimer's disease,” was published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. There is increasing evidence that extracts from several plants have different therapeutic properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antimicrobial, neuroprotective, and anti-aging effects. Previous studies have also suggested that essential oils can reverse cognitive and memory impairments in Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers evaluated the therapeutic potential of 20 South African medicinal plant species to prevent the formation of toxic amyloid plaques — toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, thought to kick-start the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Different plant parts (leaves, stem, bark, and stalks) were collected from the Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden at South Africa's University of Pretoria. These plants were known to be used in traditional medicine to treat several conditions, including mental illness, depression, dementi
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