Drinking beetroot juice provides a natural way to stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study released at a scientific conference last week, the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.
The research suggests that betanin, a compound found in beetroots that give the vegetable their distinctive red colour, helps slow down the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Read on for more.
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Drinking beetroot juice helps combat Alzheimer’s disease
In laboratory studies, Li-June Ming, PhD, a researcher at the University of South Florida in the United States, and his colleagues conducted a series of experiments and found that betanin reduced oxidation in the brain, which may help slow the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques.
“Our data suggests that betanin, a compound in beet extract, shows some promise as an inhibitor of certain chemical reactions in the brain that are involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Ming. “This is just a first step, but we hope that our findings will encourage other scientists to look for structures similar to betanin that could be used to synthesize drugs that could make life a bit easier for those who suffer from this disease.”
This new study supports previous research by other scientists that suggests that beetroot juice can improve oxygen flow to the ageing
brain and improve cognitive performance, ultimately lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
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