By TNT Bureau
Mar 14, 2017: According to a new study eating herbs can boost your brain. The study said that apigenin which is found in chamomile, red pepper and plenty other medicinal plants and herbs triggers the formation of brain cells and helps in boosting connections between these cells.
This means that you should actually consider adding a pinch or two of parsley or a sprig of thyme more often in your food. In this way, you not only get to add nourishing flavors to the food but also boost the overall activities of your brain.
What is the study all about?
The study was conducted at the Institute for Research and Education (IDOR). The findings of the report were published in the journal Advances in Regenerative Biology.
The research team headed by Stevens Rehen said that the findings point out apigenin, one of the main constituents found in varied herbs, shows promise to treat a number of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson?s disease, schizophrenia and Alzheimer?s disease.
Previous studies conducted on animals have revealed that substances from similar falvonoid group as apigenin may prove to be advantageous for building memory power as well as learning skills. On the other hand, varied other researchers have also indicated that such flavonoids are blessed with the potential to protect and enhance the varied functions of the human brain.
As far as the latest research is concerned, Rehen and his team are hopeful to acquire a much better understanding of whether apigenin can really affect the human brain cells or not and to what extent.
Human stem cells transformed into neurons
The researchers set out to apply apigenin to human stem cells or the cells that have the capability to build into varied types of cells. This was done in a laboratory dish.
It was then found that the stem cells neurons within a span of 25 days. Further, the researchers went ahead and said that such result was only seen in the presence of apigenin.
In addition to this, the investigators revealed that the connections formed between the newly developed neurons (also known as synapses) were much stronger and sophisticated. Rehen said,? Strong connections between neurons are crucial for good brain function, memory consolidation and learning.?
When the research was probed further, it was found that apigenin is ideal in boosting the formation of neurons along with those connections bounded to estrogen receptors (ERs). All these were found responsible for influencing the progression, plasticity, development and function of our nervous system.
While researchers have proven that the hormone estrogen may cause delay in the development of mental diseases such as depression, Alzheimer?s, Parkinson?s and schizophrenia, Rehen and his team note that the use of estrogen therapy can be hindered by the risks of heart problems and tumor growth.
Nonetheless, the researchers are of the opinion that their findings show a clear indication that apigenin is a promising idea for treating a wide number of neurodegenerative troubles in the near future.
Rehen said, “An alternative approach would be to mimic estrogenic-mediated positive effects by modulating specific ERs with other estrogenic compounds, such as some flavonoids classified as selective ER modulators (SERMs).”