Vitamin C may help patients with Alzheimer's disease, say Swedish scientists at the University of Lund. According to claim this vitamin is considered a potent antioxidant, is able to dissolve toxic protein layers that are deposited within the brain of the person who has Alzheimer's.

The article, based on the research of scientists, recently published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

According to doctors, in the brains of people with the neurodegenerative disease is accumulation of amyloid plaques, which are composed of misfolded proteins. First, damage to neurons located in the center of the brain's memory, causing the death of brain cells.

"For the study, samples of brain tissue from mice with Alzheimer's disease. After injecting vitamin C, we noticed that dissolve plaque buildup," says researcher Katrin Mani.

"We have also found that the vitamin is not necessarily has to be taken of fresh fruit. There is possibility to get large amounts of dehydroascorbic acid, found for example in the orange juice that has spent a night in the refrigerator," adds Mani.

At the moment there are no medicines that effectively combat Alzheimer's. Physicians have only a few methods that could hinder the development of progressive brain damage, cutting the symptoms. The discovery of the unique properties of vitamin C provides hope to create the first truly effective drug for the treatment of this disease.