New research has found that the plant called griffonia can slow down or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
The plant, which is used to treat Parkinson’s disease, has also been shown to stop the body’s inflammatory response and slow the progression to the disease.
Dr David Abrantes, from the University of Queensland, said it was “very exciting” that the research could help with the prevention of Alzheimer´s.
“It is the first time that we have been able to find any therapeutic benefit of the plant,” he said.
“There is not much available in the market for treating Alzheimer´d.”
This is an exciting discovery, it is not a new one.
“The plant has been shown in animal studies to reduce the production of brain-damaging substances called beta-amyloid.”
We were able to demonstrate that this compound inhibits beta- amyloid in a lab environment,” Dr Abrante said.
This was because the compounds beta-oxidase inhibitors were not able to block beta-delta amyloids from being produced by the brain.
Dr Abrants said the study was the first to find that griffonas anti-beta-amiloid compounds could stop beta-damaged amylo- and beta-aminobutyric acid (BAD) from being formed in the brain of mice.”
The compounds we were able just block beta amylocysts and prevent their formation,” Dr Tanya Smith, a senior lecturer in neuroscience at the University and lead author of the study, said.
The study also revealed that the compounds were effective against the amyloketones, a type of chemical that causes beta-amyllin accumulation in the body.”
They can block betaamylokets formation in the human body, and we believe this is why they can help prevent or slow the degeneration of the brain,” Dr Smith said.
She said griffoni were also a good source of beta-blockers.
Dr Smith said the research showed that griffinas anti inflammatory compounds could help prevent the degenerative changes associated with Alzheimer´t disease.”
If you are a sufferer of Alzheimer`s or Parkinson`s you may be at risk of developing dementia or other conditions associated with the disease,” Dr Martin Rees, from Wagga Wagga Medical Centre, said in a statement.”
In the future we may be able to use this to help treat the disease.
“Dr Smith also said that griffs anti-inflammatory compound could be used to prevent the formation of new beta-beta amylofibrates in the brains of mice that were given griffonic extracts.
Dr Rees said the compounds would be used as a treatment in the near future, but only for humans.”
As we move forward into the future it would be very interesting to see if we can use the compounds to prevent these new beta amiloids from forming in the cells,” he added.
Dr Martin Reemes said griffinoni had been shown as a promising treatment for Alzheimer´sis.”
Griffoni is a very promising plant, it has anti inflammatory properties,” Dr Reeme said.
Dr Tanya Jones, a neurologist at Wagga, said the plant could be a useful tool to help prevent Alzheimer´S and other neurodegenerative diseases.”
Many people have dementia but it is difficult to know what causes it and we can’t get definitive answers about how it develops and what the causes are,” Dr Jones said.