07 November 2018 0 Comments Posted By : Edited by Iain Mackenzie

Tropical herb found to prevent the death of brain tissue after a stroke


In the medical profession (and even in the media), certain illnesses and diseases are often referred to as silent killers. One of the diseases that makes it to this short list of silent killers is stroke. Stroke lurks quietly in the background and works rather quickly once it starts. The only strategy you can employ to combat this ailment is to prevent it from ever happening. According to a report on Natural News, you can use tropical herbs to avoid some of the effects of a stroke, such as the death of brain tissue.

You may have heard the saying, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” But in a situation where you find out it is too late to prevent a stroke, a new study has shown that plants that contain high levels of antioxidant phytochemicals can be used in treating stroke patients effectively. For this study, researchers looked at one plant, in particular, theAntiarisafricanaEngl.            (Moraceae) to get data on its potential as an anti-stroke treatment option.           

So why did these researchers decide todetermine the efficiency of this plant for the prevention and treatment of stroke? Well, the answer is quite simple. At the start of the paper, the researchers mentioned that plants are already the progenitors of several drugs. Because of this, plants are already a focus of searches for “novel bioactive agents with negligible side-effects in the treatment of diseases” in man. The plant used in this study (A. africana) is being examined as a source of phytomedicines against inflammation, excitotoxicity, oxidative stress, and other harmful ischemic cascades.

A. africana is also known as bark cloth tree, Antiaris, and false iroko. It is widespread in tropical regions, and you can find it in areas like tropical Asia, Tonga, Australia, tropical Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, and several other tropical islands. Since it is so abundant, if it can be successfully used in the prevention or treatment of stroke, then there'll be plenty to go around.

Data from the research show that it is possible that A. africana has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuromodulator properties.  These properties are important because they are useful in treating most of the primary targets in stroke therapy, such as oxidative stress, inflammation, and excitotoxicity. Antiaris contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-excitotoxic, and several other mechanistic routes, which allows for the conferment of protection against bilateral common carotid artery occlusion/2 h reperfusion (BCCAO/R) insult. 

The study concluded with the researchers saying they were successful in demonstrating the protective property of A. africana leaf extract against reperfusion-induced injury or cerebral ischemia. They achieved this through the amelioration of a couple of harmful biochemical cascades of ischemic injury. The success of the study suggests that Antiaris has potential relevance as a “veritable pharmacological intervention against illnesses such as stroke.”

Stroke prevention and treatment may have sounded complicated especially while reading this article, but in reality, it is a lot much more straightforward than it seems. There are different types of food that you can eat that can help in the treatment and prevention of stroke.

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