Friday, July 31, 1998

Memories stimulated by herbs and flowers

Sage and daffodils may be able to help the thousands of people in the UK who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease.

A report by leading charity, the Alzheimer's Disease Society, for Alzheimer's Awareness Week says that research at a Newcastle hospital shows that sage has similar affects on dementia to drugs such as Aricept.

Scientists claim Aricept slows the progression of Alzheimer's by reducing the activity of an enzyme which attacks the chemical acetycholine.

This chemical is thought to play an important role in brain cells which control learning and memory. These are gradually destroyed as the memory disease advances.

Source BBC News


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