Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Finally, some good news

Nutritionally speaking this is a god-send to me and my wife.

Curry may combat Alzheimer's | The Register
US researchers have isolated a compound in turmeric - commonly used in the UK's national dish chicken tikka masala and other more deadly curry concoctions - which "may help stimulate immune system cells that gobble up the brain-clogging proteins that mark Alzheimer's disease", Reuters reports.

Dr Milan Fiala of the University of California Los Angeles and colleagues note in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they'd already shown that curcumin "may affect the brain cells of Alzheimer's patients", but wanted to pinpoint the "precise factor" responsible.
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They eventually fingered bisdemethoxycurcumin, and blood samples from Alzheimer's patients demonstrated that it "boosted immune cells called macrophages to clear a protein called amyloid beta, which clogs the brains of Alzheimer's patients and kills brain cells".

This is almost as good as when Scientific American Mind ran an article about how smoking pot mimics the effect of Alzheimer's drugs.
Stoned and eating curry for my mental health.
God, it's good to be a Canuck.

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