In the skin of fruit was found a remedy for multiple sclerosis

Neurobiologists at Thomas Jefferson University (USA) have found that ursolic acid, which is found in the skin of some fruits, berries and plants, has been able to protect nerve cells from damage and help them recover. The results were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Previous studies have shown that ursolic acid, which is present in the skin of apples and pears, in berries (cowberries, cranberries, sea buckthorn, blueberries and others), as well as in some edible plants (basil, rosemary, mint, oregano, lavender and thyme), has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.

In a new experiment, American scientists tested ursolic acid in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. They reproduced the chronic form of the disease on mice, and when the disease reached an advanced stage, the researchers fed acid supplements to them. The rodents were given the substance within 60 days, and the improvement was already visible after 20 days. By the end of treatment, the animals, which had been practically paralysed at the start of the study, could move on their own.

Specialists explain it by the fact that the natural compound suppresses the excessive activity of immune cells, which affect the myelin nerve fibers of the brain and spinal cord. In addition, it helps to form new cells to replace the dead. That's why there's been an improvement in the condition of mice.

Next, scientists intend to move on to clinical trials, but before they have to determine a safe dose of ursolic acid for humans, because in large quantities, the substance may be toxic.

April 13, 2020, 9:59 a.m.

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