The Telegraph, Calcutta reports on Ashwagandha extracts reversing Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice by a team of scientists at the NATIONAL BRAIN RESEARCH CENTRE, released through the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America journal, one of the world’s most-cited multidisciplinary scientific serials. According to the report,
Ashwagandha, a plant used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, cleaned out abnormal protein deposits in the brain and reversed damage and behavioural changes observed in Alzheimer’s disease when tested on mice.
Neurologists estimate that India has about four million people with dementia, the majority with Alzheimer’s disease. Current treatment involves pharmaceutical compounds designed to prevent the accumulation or the synthesis of amyloid plaque.The researchers caution that the Ashwagandha extract is not ready for human trials yet. Also, the dose given to mice was very high — about one gram per kilogram bodyweight of the animal.
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