A Compound Found in Beetroots May Help to treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists from the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA, suggest that using betanin, a compound that gives dark red color to beetroots, can be used in future drugs to treat the Alzheimer’s disease.

To achieve their results, the team of researchers conducted a series of laboratoryexperiments during which they monitored the activity of amyloid beta in different context with the help of 3,5-Di-tert-butylcatechol (DTBC), a compound that allows the scientists to observe the process of oxidation.

Li-June Ming, one of the lead researchers of the study, says: “This is just a first step, but we hope that our findings will encourage other scientists to look for structures similar to betanin that could be used to synthesize drugs that could make life a bit easier for those who suffer from this disease.”