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Celery 'could offer Alzheimer's relief'

Celery 'could offer Alzheimer's relief'
21st May 2008

Munching on celery may help lessen inflammation of the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.

A team from the University of Illinois discovered that luteolin, a chemical found in celery, camomile and green peppers, proved effective at rescuing the inflammation during tests on mice.

Outlining their study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team noted that this protein could, with further research, be used to combat dementia in humans.

"We're not recommending anyone go out and binge on celery, but the ability to mitigate brain inflammation through the diet is exciting,'' said Rodney Johnson, the study's author

It is also thought that this method could have a positive effect on other brain conditions, such as multiple sclerosis.

This follows news that a new vaccine has proved effective in curing an Alzheimer's-like condition in mice, according to research conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Centre.