Natural compounds in apples might improve brain function

A group of scientists from Germany has discovered that components of apple peel and pulp in high concentrations are able to stimulate the production of new brain cells. The article was published in Stem Cell Reports.

In the experiment, the researchers added quercetin or dihydroxybezoic acid (DHBA), phytonutrients found in apples, to stem cell cultures from the brains of adult mice. They found that these substances help to protect and differentiate neurons.

In the next step, scientists began to study the effects of these chemical compounds directly on animals. Mice were given high doses of quercetin or DHBA, which led to enhanced neurogenesis in areas related to learning and memory.

The scientists noted that their effects on the cells were comparable to the stimulation of neurogenesis after exercise, a known activator of nerve cell growth and development.

Feb. 15, 2021, 2:56 p.m.

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