With Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease being one of the most dreaded disease in terms of cure, two abundant Mediterranean plants are currently being considered to put an end to this ongoing problem. Experts believe that the battle against eradicating the effects of the said diseases may have just gotten a new weapon from both a land-based and sea-based plant, found in the Mediterranean region. Through the collaborative efforts of researchers from the University of Malta (UM), it was found that an extract from the prickly pear cactus and brown seaweed commonly known as peacock's tail that both grows in the region, is perceived to have the ability in helping to disrupt a key process in which both diseases are known to take hold of.
The Miracle Plant Might Just Be The 'Elixir Of Life' For Patients Inflicted With Parkinson's And Alzheimer's Disease
According to reports revealed by Mirror, for patients with Alzheimer's disease, the experts said that these Mediterranean plants is more likely to extend the lives of Alzheimer's patients by more than six years by delaying the ageing diseases. Meanwhile, it was also found that extracts from both of the plants are allegedly believed to have the healing properties of improving mobility by a fifth. It is in line with this that experts were convinced that if "next-level" clinical trials applied on humans have been proven successful, the researchers conclude that the Mediterranean could become the source for an "elixir of life".
Furthermore, as per New Atlas, although these are just mere claims at the moment, study lead author Ruben J. Cauchi claims that the compounds found in these plants are already available for use by consumers. He adds that the discovery of bioactive agents that usually targets the pathways that are being hit by multiple neurodegenerative conditions, is in fact the most viable approach in our current fight against brain disorders. Ultimately, Professor Dr. Neville Vassallo at the University of Malta School of Medicine and Surgery has revealed that the team is already on the move in thoroughly screening plants scattered across the Mediterranean for small molecules that interfere with the build-up of toxic protein aggregates.