A substance that protects against dementia was found in basil

Basil contains a natural compound fenchol, which can protect the human brain from the development of dangerous neurodegenerative diseases. As scientists from the University of South Florida (USA) found out, fenchol protects, in particular, from Alzheimer’s disease.

In an article which appeared on the pages of Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, scientists describe the metabolic mechanism associated with the intestinal microbiome. Fenchol was found to reduce the effects of neurotoxic substances on the brain, thus reducing the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists found that the short-chain fatty acids produced by the intestinal microflora that feed the cells of the large intestine penetrate the bloodstream and enter the brain, where they perform some very important functions for the health of the organ. The natural substance found in basil can perform the same function as short-chain fatty acids.

Experiments on cell cultures have shown that fennel markedly reduces the accumulation of substances that provoke massive neuronal death and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The results of this research hold out hope for the creation of new natural medicines that will provide effective prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.