Turmeric Oil Derivatives May Help to Protect Dopaminergic Neurons

Turmeric Oil Derivatives May Help to Protect Dopaminergic Neurons

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Turmeric Oil Derivatives May Help to Protect Dopaminergic Neurons

A compound naturally found in turmeric essential oil, called aromatic turmerone (ar-turmerone), and its derivatives were seen to protect dopaminergic neurons in a tissue culture model of Parkinson’s, researchers report. These findings support the already known role of ar-turmerone in reducing the inflammatory response caused by activated microglia — specialized immune cells of the brain and spinal cord — and associated with the neurodegeneration seen in Parkinson’s. As such, ar-turmerone derivatives may offer new ways of…

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