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A compound found in cucumbers and other produce may boost brain health.

Day after day, it seems that researchers are learning more about how naturally derived vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds can counter some of the gravest threats to brain health. Alzheimer's disease has dominated the discussion on healthy aging for years, as this condition affects a substantial percentage of Americans over the age of 65. In addition to therapeutic and medication-based approaches to providing brain support in the face of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have been focusing on natural compounds including curcumin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Recently, scientists from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego unearthed another natural compound found in various produce that could slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease: a little-known flavonol called fisetin. Using an animal model, the researchers observed that daily fisetin supplementation could provide memory support for animals with a cognitive mutation similar to the neurodegenerative condition.

Lead researcher Pamela Maher has worked with fisetin before. A press release published by ScienceDaily states that Maher and colleagues discovered that fisetin may combat brain aging over 10 years ago. It was these initial discoveries that led her to investigate its impact on Alzheimer's disease.

"What we realized is that fisetin has a number of properties that we thought might be beneficial when it comes to Alzheimer's," Maher explained. "Even as the disease would have been progressing, the fisetin was able to continue preventing symptoms."

There is a growing collection of research backing the use of dietary intervention against Alzheimer's disease, though further research is necessary to confirm this finding. Click to read more information about our brain support supplements including Nutrivene Longvida Curcumin.