Saffron Ingredient Show MS Treatment Potential

Researchers from the University of Alberta have discovered a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis found in the ancient Persian spice saffron. It may also provide a potential treatment for a number of other diseases that may involve neuroinflammation. The findings were recently published in The Journal of Immunology.

Chris Power and his team of researchers from the Faculty of Medicine ad Dentistry of University of Alberta has discovered that a compound found in saffron known as crocin provides a protective effect on brain cell cultures as well as other models of MS. Crocin seems to help prevent the damage caused to cells that produce myelin in the brain. MS is a result of damage to myelin by the body’s immune system that leads to inflamed brain cells and eventually to neurodegeneration.

The research team has also discovered that the inflammation may also be caused by a specific type of cell stress that also leads to demyelination. In experiments that the researchers conducted, crocin seems to be effective in suppressing both inflammation and this specific type of cell stress, which further resulted in a significantly reduced incidence of neurological impairment in cell cultures and lab models of MS.

Despite the effectiveness that crocin may have in reducing inflammation of the brain cells, the researchers still have many questions regarding just how this compound actually work. But the research does highlight the potential role of the compound found in saffron to become a possible treatment for chronic neuroinflammation in diseases such as MS.

Source: Medical News Today

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