Celery could hold the key to treating brain disease

A chemical in celery could help people suffering from brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to new research.

Luteolin, a compound found in celery, green pepper and chamomile, is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Scientists have now shown that it reduces inflammation in the brains of mice. They believe that in the right doses luteolin could be used to treat patients with a range of brain conditions, including Alzheimer's and Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD). The chemical belongs to a family of plant molecules called flavonoids which are believed to combat dementia linked to brain inflammation.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studied how luteolin acted on immune system cells in the brain called microlegia.

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