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Researchers reveal pomegranate 'can stunt Alzheimer's disease'

Researchers reveal pomegranate 'can stunt Alzheimer's disease'
5th September 2014

A study from the University of Huddersfield has revealed the onset of Alzheimer's disease can be slowed down and its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found within pomegranate.

The findings are a result of a two-year long project by Dr Olumayokun Olajide, a scientist at the institution who specialises in the anti-inflammatory properties of natural products. 

Alzheimer's currently affects some 800,000 people in the UK with 163,000 new cases diagnosed each year. However, the surge in research by exploring the development of drugs and natural sources can help to prevent the disease.

Dr Olajide discovered a component found in pomegranate fruit - polyphenol - can inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells, which can lead to the destruction of more and more cells - making the condition of Alzheimer's progressively worse.  

The disease still remains incurable, but the chemical component found in the fruit could prevent it or slow it down in its development.  

Speaking about the findings, Dr Olajide said: "We know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia."

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