12:20pm Monday 21 August 2017

Native plum treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Professor Ralpha Martins

The Kakadu plum, native to northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory, contains high levels of anti-oxidants which have been shown to be effective in protecting brain cells against the disease.

Professor Ralph Martins hopes human trials of the Kakadu plum can start within two years.

ECU Foundation Chair of Ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease Professor Ralph Martins said if funding is secured, clinical trials of the Kakadu plum could begin within two years.

“The research is still in its early stages, but the Kakadu plum is very exciting because it is an untapped resource of very powerful anti-oxidants and is unique to Australia”

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