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An Increasing Role of Polyphenols as Novel Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s: A Review


Nasiara Karim, Haroon Khan*, Imran Khan, Ouyang Guo, Eduardo Sobarzo Sanchez, Luca Rastrelli and Mohammad Amjad Kamal   Pages 1 - 15 ( 15 )


Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder with approximately 29 million aging people suffering from this disease worldwide. This number is projected to become triple by 2050. AD is a complex and multifactorial neurodegenerative condition, characterized by complex pathology including oxidative stress, formation of aggregates of amyloid and tau, enhanced immune responses, metal deposition and disturbances in cholinesterase enzymes. There is no effective pharmacological treatment for combating the disease till date. The ineffectiveness of current pharmacological interventions in AD has led scientists to search for more safe and effective alternative therapeutic agents. Thus, natural products have become an important avenue for drug discovery in AD research. In this connection, polyphenols are natural products that have been shown to be effective in the modulation of the type of neurodegenerative changes seen in AD, suggesting a possible therapeutic role. The present review focuses on the chemistry of polyphenols, clinical studies for evaluating polyphenols as effective alternatives in AD treatment, cellular and molecular aspects of polyphenols in improving cognitive deficits and the current challenges and futuristic approaches to use polyphenols as safe and effective therapeutic agents in AD treatment.


Alzheimer’s disease, polyphenols, flavonoids, dementia, neuroprotection cellular mechanism


Department of Pharmacy, University of Malakand, Chakdara, Dir (Lower), KPK, Department of Pharmacy, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan 23200, Department of Pharmacy, University of Swabi, KPK, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Faculty of Pharmacy University of Santiago de Compostela Campus Vida 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Dipartimento di Farmacia, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 84084, Fisciano, King Fahd Medical Research Center, King Abdulaziz University, P. O. Box 80216, Jeddah 21589

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