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Yerba Santa “Holy Herb” for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, the number one cause of death in England and aging is its primary risk factor. Therefore, researchers continue to look for ways to counter the effects of aging on the brain. In a recent study, researchers from discovered a potential natural treatment for Alzheimer’s in the form of a traditional California herb.

In their they found that yerba santa (Eriodictyon californicum), a plant native to California, contains an active compound called sterubin that could be used to treat people with Alzheimer’s. Yerba santa, which is the Spanish for “holy herb,” is highly regarded as a medicine for respiratory diseases, bruising, fever, headaches, infections, and pain.

The researchers investigated the compounds’ ability to prevent the effects of aging on the brain. The researchers found that sterubin exhibited the greatest protective effect against inflammation and other triggers of brain cell death. In particular, sterubin strongly reduced inflammation in microglia, which are brain cells that provide support to nerve cells.

In addition, the researchers found that sterubin can remove iron from cells, helping to prevent iron accumulation. Iron accumulation can result in a type of nerve cell damage that accompanies aging and occurs in neurodegenerative problems.

Not only did sterubin turn out to be much more active than the other flavonoids in Yerba santa in our assays, it appears as good as, if not better than, other flavonoids we have studied,”

Preventing Alzheimer’s naturally

Aging is inevitable, but Alzheimer’s isn’t. Here are some things you can do.

  • Regular exercise – Regular physical activity can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by as much as 50 percent, according to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation. It can also slow further deterioration in people who have already started to develop cognitive problems. For best results, aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week. Include cardio, strength training, and balance and coordination exercises to your routine.

  • SocializeEngaging in social activities may help prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Go out with friends, sing -challenge the brain.

  • Follow a healthy diet– Some foods cause inflammation, while others prevent inflammation. Therefore, it’s important to be watchful of the foods you eat. Several epidemiological studies reported that following a Mediterranean diet can lower your risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. On the other hand, sugary foods, refined carbs, and trans fat can cause inflammation and increase your risk of not just Alzheimer’s, but also other diseases.

  • Exercise your brainJust as your body needs exercise, so does your brain to keep it active and healthy. A study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that older adults who underwent 10 sessions of mental training improved their cognitive functioning in the months after the training until 10 years later.

  • Get enough sleepDuring sleep, the brain works to form memory and flushes out brain toxins. Disrupted sleep is also a risk factor for Alzheimer’s, according to studies.

  • Manage your stress Too much stress can take a toll on your brain, resulting in shrinkage in a key memory area, disrupting nerve cell growth, and increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s.

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