Compound Derived from Curry Spice Protects Against Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury

A derivative of the curry spice turmeric may help protect against ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Ischemic stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death of older people in the U.S., and TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in both civilians and military personnel under the age of 45.

Currently, the only FDA-approved treatment for stroke is tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), which is only effective in about 20 percent of cases. There is no approved treatment for TBI.

Science Daily reports:

"... CNB-001, which was derived from curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, proved highly neuroprotective in all of the assays; it also enhanced memory in normal animals ... [the] compound has clinical potential in conditions where there is currently no effective treatment."

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