Fw: [prj] Cat's Claw for Alzheimer's

James Daugherty (daugh@home.msen.com)
Sat, 12 Jun 1999 09:26:04 -0400

Anyone have info pro or con on this item...? Or any thing else I can recommend to a relative with onset of Alzheimer's?

From: Lloyd Miller <lloyd@a-albionic.com> To: New Paradigms Discussion Group <prj@mail.msen.com> Date: Friday, June 11, 1999 9:25 PM
Subject: [prj] Cat's Claw for Alzheimer's

Health Journal Volume II, Issue 9: May 26, 1999

Cat's Claw for Alzheimer's
By Paul Rajcok, N.D.

Alzheimer's patients may soon have another herbal extract to look to for help. Many already use a standardized extract of ginkgo biloba, and according to research presented at a gathering of the Federation of Societies for Experimental Biology (FSEB) in Washington late last year, a special extract from the popular herb cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) may prove to be helpful as well.

Cat's claw is understood to have anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating effects. It is also reported to protect cells from oxidative stress, and the herb is often used for treating gastrointestinal disease and arthritis. But according to study results presented at FSEB, cat's claw may block the formation of a key component of Alzheimer's disease. In their studies, researchers found that cat's claw inhibited the formation of beta-amyloid protein in rats. Beta-amyloid is an abnormal arrangement of amyloid precursor protein and is what actually forms the amyloid plaques that occur alongside neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Gotu Kola, 100 Capsules

The researchers noted that in laboratory studies, the effects of cat's claw increased when combined with ginkgo, rosemary, and gotu kola. ProteoTech's extract, PTI-00703, is still in experimental stages, but the company, along with Rexall-Sundown, is planning human clinical trials on mild-moderate Alzheimer's patients.

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Sandoval-Chacon M, et.al. Antiinflammatory actions of cat's claw: the role of NF-kappaB. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 1998;12:1279-89.

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