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Compound found in strawberries may help in prevention of Alzheimer's

June 03, 2019 - 4:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — We have not made many major breakthroughs in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. However, we are spending a great deal of time and research in our attempts. 

We have recently learned that a compound found in strawberries may potentially help in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. 

In the study, mice that carried the genes for Alzheimer's were fed fisetin. Fisetin is a flavonol found in a number of fruits and vegetables.  

What they found is that the cognitive abilities of the mice improved. It also appears that the fisetin seems to have a lasting effect over many years. 

Obviously, more studies will need to be conducted to see if similar effects can be replicated in humans. What we do know is that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can be helpful regardless of the long term results of this study.