Spiral Chef News: Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease With Milk Thistle

Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease With Milk Thistle

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Milk thistle has been traditionally used for hundreds of years as an herbal remedy to treat liver and gall bladder problems. Scientists believe that substances in milk thistle (especially a flavonoid called “silymarin”) protect the liver from toxins.

Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it may help the liver repair itself by growing new cells. Now, researchers at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology in Tokyo, Japan, think milk thistle may be useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is characterized by progressive cognitive impairment and the formation of plaques in the brain. The research team fed mice a powdered diet containing milk thistle for six months.

They found that the mice showed a reduction in brain plaque formation and an improvement in behavioral abnormalities. The milk-thistle-treated mice also showed less anxiety. The researchers concluded that milk thistle is a promising agent for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

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