Extract in Phytolec promising for the Mitigation of Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent study done on rats show that the herb Phyllanthus emblica extract is a very promising agent to prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  This is not surprising as the herb modulates inflammation, a key factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This makes it a herb suitable for long-term consumption without much side effects compared to other anti-inflammatory agents such as omega 3 oil and turmeric.

Although the study was done on rats, the mechanism of action found can be a strong indication for humans ( as in many other studies).  In addition, previous human studies have found the herb extract found in Phytolec ( a product with the main ingredient as patent amla extract) significantly reduces hs-CRP, the standard inflammation marker. CRP tends to be high in those with pre-cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and joint diseases.  You can get it tested with the Inflammation marker test available in our clinic.

Alzheimer’s disease is expected to rise in Singapore’s aging population. In my opinion, it is one of the worst diseases as it affects the quality of life not only the patient but also caregivers and the entire family.  Prevention is possible with herbs such as Phyllanthus emblica ( as in Phytolec), good sleep, low refined carbo and sugar diet, and an active and happy life.  There is also an important role of hormones in the development of AD. This is why it occurs mainly in the elderly, where depletion of hormones started with the onset of menopause or andropause.


Khanna, S., Das, A., Spieldenner, J., Rink, C., & Roy, S. (2015). Supplementation of a Standardized Extract from Phyllanthus emblica Improves Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Platelet Aggregation in Overweight/Class-1 Obese Adults. Journal of Medicinal Food18(4), 415–420.

Uddin M, S, Mamun A, A, Hossain M, S, Akter F, Iqbal M, A, Asaduzzaman M, Exploring the Effect of <b><i>Phyllanthus emblica</i></b> L. on Cognitive Performance, Brain Antioxidant Markers and Acetylcholinesterase Activity in Rats: Promising Natural Gift for the Mitigation of Alzheimer’s Disease. Ann Neurosci 2016;23:218-229




About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website http://slnaturopath.com
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