Results showed that the nance extract produced an antidepressant effect in mice. However, the researchers cautioned that it doesn’t possess anti-anxiety, sedative, or anticonvulsant properties, as far as they could determine.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study conducted at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) in Morelos that evaluated the anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, and sedative effects produced by extracts of nance. The researchers also studied the influence of nance berries on motor activity.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/this-mexican-herb-could-ease-depression), the small, sweet, yellow berries of the nance tree, which is native to tropic America, are cultivated in Mexico and eaten raw or cooked as a dessert. Many Mexicans also include the fruit of the nance in soups or in stuffing for meats—it’s a fairly common addition to meals. Here in Canada and the U.S., not much is said about nance. But the herb deserves some press coverage, simply for the fact that it may be able to help relieve depression symptoms.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “This Mexican Herb Could Ease Depression,” reports that in this animal study, results showed that the nance extract produced an antidepressant effect in mice. However, the researchers cautioned that it doesn’t possess anti-anxiety, sedative, or anticonvulsant properties, as far as they could determine.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that according to the research team, nance contains a number of flavonoids, such as rutin, quercetin, and hesperidin, which may contribute to its antidepressant effects.
As the article suggests, this may be the first time many have heard about nance, so here is some more information: nance fruit is often used to prepare carbonated beverages; it is also used to make a fermented beverage known by Mexicans as “chicha.” It may be a little bit difficult to find nance in North America, but it is worth the search to boost mental health.
(SOURCE: Herrera-Ruiz, M., et al., “Antidepressant effect and pharmacological evaluation of standardized extract of flavonoids from Byrsonima crassifolia,” Phytomedicine, Nov. 15, 2011; 18(14): 1,255–61.)
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