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Food Spices May Exert Neuroprotective Effects

Posted Dec 02 2011 10:14pm
Posted on 2011-11-30 06:00:01 in Alternative Medicine | Diet | Neurology |
Food Spices May Exert Neuroprotective Effects

Neurodegenerative diseases are a group of progressive neurological disorders that damage or destroy the function of neurons, and include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis.  It is interesting to note that the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases among people living in the Asian subcontinent is much lower than in North America, thus some researchers posit the influence of lifestyle factors; for example, the those residing in the Asian subcontinent regularly consume spices.  Bharat Bhushan Aggarwal, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Texas, USA), and colleagues submit that extensive research over the last 10 years indicates that nutraceuticals derived from such spices as turmeric, red pepper, black pepper, licorice, clove, ginger, garlic, coriander, and cinnamon target inflammatory pathways, and thereby may prevent neurodegenerative diseases. 

Ramaswamy Kannappan, Subash Chandra Gupta, Ji Hye Kim, Simone Reuter, Bharat Bhushan Aggarwal.  “Neuroprotection by Spice-Derived Nutraceuticals: You Are What You Eat!.”  Mol Neurobiol. 2011 October; 44(2): 142–159.



  
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