Daffodils cure dementia

A recent Guardian story reports that a compound in daffodils called galanthamine can be made into a drug to treat dementia.

Farmers in Wales could soon be growing fields of daffodils to provide a cheap source of a compound used in drugs to combat dementia.

Trials to harvest the country’s national flower – and Wordsworth’s inspiration – for its medicinal qualities are under way and the scientist behind the idea hopes full-scale local production could begin next year.