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SEPTEMBER IS WORLD ALZHEIMER’S MONTH

SEPTEMBER 21 IS WORLD ALZHEIMER’S DAY

LOCAL PLANT INSPIRES HOPE FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

In a June 2017 research study published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology, a tree extract (stem, leaves, and roots) from a perennial shrub native to West African rainforests called Carpolobialutea was discovered to have anticholinesterase and antioxidant properties. Anticholinesterases have shown benefit for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in whom a cholinergic deficit is present.The plant is well known to Nigerian herbalists, who have used it as an antimicrobial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory medicine to treat a variety of ailments in Nigeria.

REFERENCE:

Lucky, Legbosi Nwidu, Ekramy Elmorsy, Jack Thornton, Buddhika Wijamunige, AnUsha Wijesekara, Rebecca Tarbox, Averil Warren, Wayne Grant Carter. Anti-acetylcholinesterase activity and antioxidant properties of extracts and fractions of Carpolobialutea. Pharmaceutical Biology, 2017; 55 (1): 1875

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