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AUS: Australian Plum New Alzheimer’s Weapon

AUS: Australian Plum New Alzheimer’s Weapon

West Australian researchers are confident the native Kakadu plum could provide the most powerful antioxidant treatment yet in combating Alzheimer’s disease. Ralph Martins, chairman of Edith Cowan University’s Foundation of Ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease, says early indications are the fruit could have antioxidant properties up to seven times greater than curcumin—the chemical compound in turmeric currently in clinical trials as an Alzheimer’s treatment. While curcumin is a powerful antioxidant, the Kakadu plum’s protective ability makes it potentially much more powerful, says Ralph. “When the plant’s environment is very harsh they have to produce powerful antioxidants to protect themselves and I think that’s what’s happening with the Kakadu plum,” he says.

(Source: sciencewa.net.au)