Compound found in beetroot may help treat Alzheimer’s

The compound could help slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain – a process associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Speaking on the research Li-June Ming, Ph.D. said:

"Our data suggest that betanin, a compound in beet extract, shows some promise as an inhibitor of certain chemical reactions in the brain that are involved in the progression of Alzheimer's disease. This is just a first step, but we hope that our findings will encourage other scientists to look for structures similar to betanin that could be used to synthesize drugs that could make life a bit easier for those who suffer from this disease."

After conducting betanin was added to copper-bound beta-amyloid mixture, oxidation dropped by as much as 80%.

Researchers commented at the end of the study:

"We can't say that betanin stops the misfolding completely, but we can say that it reduces oxidation. Less oxidation could prevent misfolding to a certain degree, perhaps even to the point that it slows the aggregation of beta-amyloid peptides, which is believed to be the ultimate cause of Alzheimer's."