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Herbs & Spices: Central Nervous System neurodegenerative diseases

August 16, 2012

Age is related to an increase in Monoamine Oxidase B that can contribute to Central Nervous System neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease. Inhibitors of Monoamine oxidase B are used in the treatment of Parkinson disease.

Mazzio et al developed a high throughput enzyme microarray format to screen and evaluate 905 natural product extracts to inhibit human Monoamine Oxidase B in an animal system. Liquorice an other herbs and spices showed inhibitory properties. The data also show inhibitory properties of herbs originating from the mint family (Lamiaceae) and Green Tea.

In conclusion, the data reflect relative potency information by rank of commonly used herbs and plants (e.g. Green Tea, Liquorice & Mint) that contain human Monoamine oxidase B inhibitory properties in their natural form.

“Monoamine Oxidase B is an enzyme that metabolizes Dopamine and other clinically relevant chemicals. Monoamine Oxidase B inhibitors are used in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.”

Green Tea, Liquorice and Mint are key ingredients in The Wise Herb Company Natural Infusions.

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