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Herb Shows Neuroprotective Properties.

An extract of the herb verba santa appears to have neuroprotective properties that could one day lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in February in Redox Biology.

While testing 400 different plant extracts and flavonoids, researchers from the Salk Institute discovered that yerba santa contains the flavanone sterubin, which has neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects. Sterubin also removes iron, which can contribute to nerve cell damage in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. The researchers plan to test sterubin in an animal model of AD to see if it affects memory loss or other aspects of brain aging.

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Title Annotation:MIND & MEMORY
Publication:Duke Medicine Health News
Date:May 1, 2019
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