Fruit flavanol may foil Alzheimer's

A plant-based flavanol may halt memory loss in Alzheimer's patients, suggests a new study on mice.

A key to halting the memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease may be found in sources as elusive and exotic as strawberries, mangoes, cucumbers and wine. A daily dose of the flavonol called fisetin appears to slam the brakes on the debilitating symptoms – at least in mice, according to scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

The substance, however, did not change the formation of amyloid plaques – those proteins in the brain that accumulate and are ge

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