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Neuroprotective

Curcumin protects against neurodegenerative effects of lead poisoning

Posted January 27, 2014

A new study has found that the compound curcumin can reduce memory deficits caused by a higher lead content in the body. The results of the study, published a few years ago in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, “show that lead significantly increases lipid peroxidation and reduces the viability of primary hippocampal neurons in culture,” according to a summary.

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Electroacupuncture decreases cognitive impairment and promotes neurogenesis in the APP/PS1 transgenic mice

Posted January 23, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a severe neurodegenerative disease for which there is currently no effective treatment. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether repeated electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation would improve cognitive function and the pathological features of AD in amyloid precursor protein (APP)/presenilin 1 (PS1) double transgenic mice.

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In vitro neuroprotective potential of four medicinal plants against rotenone-induced toxicity in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells

Posted December 12, 2013

Lannea schweinfurthii, Zanthoxylum capense, Scadoxus puniceus and Crinum bulbispermum are used traditionally to treat neurological disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cytoprotective potential of the four plants, after induction of toxicity using rotenone, in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells.

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Potential nutritional therapy for childhood neurodegenerative disease

Posted August 3, 2013

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the gene mutation responsible for a particularly severe form of pontocerebellar hypoplasia, a currently incurable neurodegenerative disease affecting children. Based on results in cultured cells, they are hopeful that a nutritional supplement may one day be able to prevent or reverse the condition.

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The Power of Cocoa Polyphenols Against Neurodegenerative Diseases

Posted April 15, 2013

Epidemiological studies have indicated that dietary habits and antioxidants from diet can influence the incidence of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

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9 Natural Neuroprotectants to Protect Your Brain

Posted February 27, 2013

A neuroprotectant is any substance that helps to shield nerve cells from damage or death. Drug companies are constantly looking for neuroprotectants — they would especially like to develop one that helps prevent brain damage after a stroke. What they’re not telling people is that natural neuroprotectants already exist.

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Olives May Offer Neuroprotection

Posted April 30, 2012

Maslinic acid, a triterpenoid compound present in plants of olives (Olea europaea) has beneficial effects on hypoxic neurons by suppressing iNOS activation, which may, in turn, provide neuroprotection, according to a new Chinese study.

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