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Alzheimer's breakthrough found in curry

5th October 2006

Some of the effects of Alzheimer's could be tackled by a chemical discovered in curry, a study has concluded.

The team of researchers from the University of California Los Angeles discovered that curcumin, which is also found in turmeric, may help to clear the brain of amyloid beta, according to the paper reported in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Amyloid beta is thought to be one of the causes of the brain plaques found in people with Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists are now predicting that curcumin could form the basis of a new approach to the treatment of Alzheimer's, which may involve boosting the body's natural immune system.

These initial findings demonstrate that curcumin may help boost the immune system of specific Alzheimer's disease patients," said study author Dr Milan Fiala.

"We are hopeful that these positive results in a test tube may translate to clinical use, but more studies need to be done before curcumin can be recommended."

Curcumin is already widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties.