Plant ingredients and protection of brain cells

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 17:21 -- Tracy Wysote
TitlePlant ingredients and protection of brain cells
Publication TypeResearch
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHarris CS, Ryan S, Moffat T, Mo F, Haddad PS, Arnason J T, Bennett SAL
KeywordsAnti Diabetic Plant Project

This study is not directly about the Iiyiyiu anti-diabetic plants. Rather, it looks
more broadly at whether plant ingredients can protect nerve cells against damage
from something called Platelet-activating factor (PAF). PAF damage is implicated
in Alzheimer’s disease, which is the main focus of this study. But PAF damage is
also implicated in some of the complications of diabetes, so there is a link to be
The study looks at whether a particular type of plant ingredients—flavonoids—
could help protect nerves against PAF damage. Some (but not all) of the
flavonoids being looked at are ones that have been found in the Iiyiyiu antidiabetic
plants. In this sense, the anti-diabetic plant work has influenced the
choice of flavonoids included in this study.