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Neuroprotective effect of Pennywort

November 5, 2010

Pennywort (Centella asiatica)

Changes in the brain cells (due to disease, aging etc) are characterized by signs of major oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage.  Studies by Haleagrahara and Ponnusamy were designed to investigate whether a Centella asiatica extract could prevent toxicity and mitochondrial damage associated with diseases such as Parkinsons.

Effect of aqueous extract of C. asiatica (CAE) on oxidative biomarker levels in brain tissues was examined and results indicated supplementation of CAE reduced lipid hydroperoxides and protein-carbonyl-content and significantly increased total antioxidants and antioxidant enzyme levels in brain cells.  These results show that administration of C. asiatica was effective in protecting the brain against neurodegenerative disorders.

Full details of the abstract can be found: here

Pennywort is one of the key ingredients in our infusion Young & Fun.

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