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Grape seeds said to help battle Alzheimer's

Grape seeds said to help battle Alzheimer's
30th June 2008

Grape seed extracts could help to prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York conducted tests, the results of which were published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

When administered to lab mice, the grape seed extract dramatically decreased cognitive deterioration that is often experienced by Alzheimer's patients.

The mice were given the extract for five months and at the end of that period the study found that, although the mice were at an age where they would start to develop the disease, their cognitive decline had been reduced.

In related news, Dr Tom Smith wrote in the Guardian earlier this week that camomile tea could be a possible treatment for sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

He said: "[Camomile tea] is now under research as a potential treatment for brain diseases in which inflammation is involved."

Dr Smith added that the tea contains a substance called luteolin, which has been shown to reduce inflammatory reactions in the brain.

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