STUDY ON THERAPEUTIC VALUE OF FRUITS GROWN IN OMAN WINS TRC AWARD

MUSCAT: A study on the therapeutic benefits of pomegranates, figs and dates grown in Oman on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s has won the National Research Award in health and social sciences sector.

The award is instituted by The Research Council (TRC). The study was led by Dr Mohamed Essa, associate professor in the department of food science and nutrition in the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University. It was funded by TRC, stated a press release.

Titled, ‘Long Term Dietary Supplementation of Pomegranates, Figs and Dates Alleviate Neuroinflammation in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease’, the study has also been published in Plos One journal.

The study is a collaborative project between Dr Essa and Professor Gilles J Guillemin, Australia, Dr Mohammed Akbar, US, Professor Samir al Adawi, Oman and Dr Subash. An age-related neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer’s has no specific treatment at present and is characterised by abnormal accumulation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles throughout the brain regions.

Studies suggest that bioactive components found in fruits can delay its progression and increase memory and other cognitive functions.

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY