Nutrient rebuilds the neurons in your brain - might even help Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s

Volume 5    |    Issue 105

Any doctor can tell you the secret to good brain function, a strong memory, and the ability to learn. It's a strong connection between the neurons in your brain. The big question is: “How do you help your neurons stay connected?” Well, a group of researchers say a study they recently conducted has given them the answer.

We've known for some time that the flavonoids in certain foods are potent brain enhancers. So the researchers wanted to know if one specific flavonoid, apigenin, worked on human brain cells and, if so, how.

This was a lab experiment, but the results are still very encouraging. To conduct the test, they placed some human stem cells in a dish. Then they applied apigenin directly to the cells. Within just 25 days, the stem cells became neurons. The cells that didn't get any apigenin never did turn into neurons. It's almost as if the apigenin was the fuel the stem cells needed to mature.

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What's more, the neurons that these cells matured into formed stronger and more sophisticated connections among themselves than normal neurons would.

Then the researchers found out why the apigenin works so well. It binds to estrogen receptors, which affect how the nervous system developments, matures, and functions. Estrogen can delay the onset of certain mental and neuro-degenerative disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease. But doctors have never been able to use estrogen as a treatment because it can cause cancer and cardiovascular problems. So this is big news. apigenin takes the estrogen you already have in your body and helps it work even better on your brain cells. And it does so without any side effects.

Apigenin is a flavonoid that you can find in foods such as parsley, thyme, chamomile, and red pepper. The researchers in this study believe it can be an effective treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. I agree. But don't wait for the drugs they try to produce with it. Adding these foods to your diet can help your brain work better. You also can get red pepper and other great whole foods in Advanced Greens Formula.

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Cleide S. Souza, Bruna S. Paulsen, Sylvie Devalle, Silvia Lima Costa, Helena L. Borges, Stevens K. Rehen. Commitment of human pluripotent stem cells to a neural lineage is induced by the pro-estrogenic flavonoid apigenin. Advances in Regenerative Biology, 2015; 2 (0) DOI: 10.3402/arb.v2.29244.

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