Mother Earth Living

Fresh Clips: A Drop of Dragon's Blood to Prevent Memory Loss

By Steven Foster
June/July 2009
Add to My MSN

Dozens of dragon's blood products are available in the United States, marketed as dietary supplements or cosmetics rather than drugs.
©2009 Steven Foster


Content Tools

Related Content

Natural and Homemade Deodorants

Try these natural deodorant alternatives to eliminate body odor without the potential toxins of many...

Herb Catalogs: Ready, Set, and Plant Those Herbs, Part 2

The Lemon Verbena Lady continues her search for more great herb catalogs and herb farms to visit eit...

Repurpose Introduces Compostable Cups and Cutlery

Repurpose Compostables announces the release of their plant-based, compostable clear cups for cold b...

Smell Sweet with John Masters Organics Citrus and Vanilla Products

John Masters Organics has you covered (literally) with its line of citrus and vanilla-scented body w...

Dragon’s blood sounds as though it could ward off most any malady. In the Amazon rainforest, where sangre-de-drago (Croton lechleri) grows, the tree’s blood-red sap is used to treat wounds, tuberculosis, certain forms of cancer, sore throats and intestinal parasites.

Recent scientific studies suggest that dragon’s blood could live up to its potent-sounding name. A chemical analysis of the sap found many phenolic compounds, including the same compound that gives red wine its antioxidant activity. Researchers also isolated the alkaloid taspine, which has been shown to have value for treating abrasions, inflammation, swelling, viral infections and wounds.

Taspine also has anti-acetylcholinesterase activity—in other words, it thwarts enzymes that break down choline and acetylcholine, two compounds the brain uses for storing memories in the right locations. When these cerebral messengers break down, memory loss, such as that associated with Alzheimer’s disease, can result.

Botanist, author and herbalist James A. Duke puts a drop or two of dragon’s blood in an herbal cocktail he imbibes daily to keep his brain functioning at top speed as he approaches his eighth decade. His homemade tonic is not commercially available, but perhaps he should trademark the name: creme de-mentia.


For more information, see Molecules 13:1219-1229, 2008 and Journal of Natural Products 69(9):1341-6, 2006.








Post a comment below.

 


MY COMMUNITY
no image
HarvestRight
8/21/2014 5:22:39 PM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 10:03:07 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:59:22 AM
no image
NatureHillsNursery
8/20/2014 9:30:07 AM
no image
melisastarr
8/19/2014 12:57:22 PM
no image
Peggy McMahan
8/18/2014 11:29:51 AM
no image
lorina21
8/17/2014 10:16:45 PM
no image
lorina21
8/17/2014 10:15:23 PM






Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.