Called camapu, the Amazonian plant has the power to produce new neurons in the hippocampus, being useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients.
The path to effective treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, may be much closer than you thought. A substance found in the stem of an Amazon plant could be used in herbal medicines to combat Alzheimer’s.
The plant called camapu, found in the interior regions of Pará and the outskirts of Belém, is well known for its antiprotozoal and anti-inflammatory activity. Researchers at the Federal University of Pará have discovered that a substance found in this plant has the power to stimulate the production of new neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with memory.
With the production of new neurons, stimulated by the substance, it is likely that there are new connections between the cells of the brain, reverting to the loss of recent memory, a common feature in Alzheimer’s patients.
Scientists also believe that when using the camapu-based drug, a reversal of neural death is also possible, which is very common in patients with depression.
“We are talking about the creation of new neurons, something that was not possible at a time ago,” says Milton Nascimento dos Santos, Research Group Bioprospection of Active Molecules of the Amazonian Flora of the Federal University of Pará.
Tests are already being done on laboratory mice; the next step will be clinical trials and the feasibility of producing this substance on a large scale. Today, it is known that one of the possibilities of creating new neurons is through exercises for the brain.
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