An element found in beetroot can help prevent Alzheimer’s. Due to this element the color of beet is red. From this, Alzheimer’s disease medicine can be developed. Research findings suggest that beetanin is found in beet juice, which may slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain. Accumulation of misfolded proteins is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Li-Jun Ming of the University of South Florida said, “Our data suggests that betaanine acts as an inhibitor for certain chemical functions in the brain that are involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.” Beta-amaloid is a sticky protein fragment or peptide that accumulates in the brain. It hinders the communication of brain cells. These brain cells are called neurans.
The greatest damage occurs when beta-amloid attaches itself to metals such as iron or copper. These metals bind beta-amaloid peptides into a group, which can increase inflammation and oxidation.