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Arrow Root Extract Protecting Neurons in Parkinson's

Author Wendy Wells, NMD.

Arrow root is recognized historically as a "fundamental" traditional Chinese herb.[1]

Researchers from several hospitals, including the Department of Neurology, at located in Hubei, China confirm how oxidative stress, a "key mechanism," affecting neuron cells in the development of Parkinsons disease. Puerarin, extracted from Kudzu Pueraria lobata root, is also researched for its affects on heart and cardiovascular diseases. [2]

Using a fluorescent assay that tests for toxic free radicals, there animal model data reveals how puerarin alleviates oxidative stress, cell death rates, including, protection against cell toxicity, and a reduction of abnormal protein production in neurons. Authors from this study also include Belmont hospital, Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Arrow root has several other names including, Kudzu, Japanese Arrowroot, and Gé Gēn, 葛根.

Vine character


Root character


Arrowroot used to be very popular in the Victorian era, and Napoleon supposedly said the reason for the British love of arrowroot was to support the commerce of their colonies."

Biscuits, puddings, jellies, cakes, hot sauces, and also with beef tea, milk or veal broth. Kudzu arrowroot (Pueraria lobata) is used in noodles in Korean and Vietnamese cuisine.

References

  1. La médecine chinoise par les plantes
  2. Puerarin protects dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's disease models.

Wendy Wells
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