The scientists point out that in much of the usual processing as much as 90% of the precious plant chemicals are lost. The way that the crop is grown, how it’s handled and how it’s processed make for a wide range in the finished product.
What they are looking for is a standardized process that would extract the phytochemicals in question so that they may be available in a pill form.
An effective treatment to help preserve cognitive functioning would mean massive savings to health care programmes. In the US health care planners are looking at 28 million citizens who are classed as baby boomers. By 2050 of those still alive, 50% will have Alzheimer’s. If predictions are accurate, by 2040 a full 25% of medicare funds will be consumed to care for cognitively impaired elderly.
Until some breakthroughs occur, the best advice the physicians give is the old advice – exercise, maintain a healthy weight, eat nutritious food and don’t smoke. But I think I’ll add some dark chocolate to that prescription.
Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
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