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Fruit skins contain a substance that helps in the treatment of multiple sclerosis

A recent study by a Thomas Jeffersonian team of scientists led by Professor Guang Xiang Zhang showed that the fruit peel contains ursolic acid, which can potentially alleviate multiple sclerosis patients.



Experiments were conducted on mice in the acute phase of the disease. Within 20 days from the beginning of the use of ursolic acid, previously paralysed mice were able to walk again.

The researchers studied the mechanism of interaction of ursic acid with cells and found that it suppresses the activity of immune cells. In addition, ursolic acid promotes the maturation of oligodendrocytes - cells that produce myelin, which forms the protective shell of nerve endings.

Multiple sclerosis - an incurable chronic autoimmune disease, which affects millions of people around the world. The cause of its occurrence is still unknown. It is only known that at some point the immune system begins to attack the protective shells of nerve endings, consisting of myelin, and destroy them. As a result, the nervous system responsible for motor functions is affected, and in a few years a person becomes disabled.

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