Plant Compound Berberine May Boost Brain Function

Plant Compound Berberine May Boost Brain Function

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Plant Compound Berberine May Boost Brain Function

Scientists have found that berberine, a natural plant compound that has been used in China as an over-the-counter medicine for diarrhea, can promote the production of l-dopa, a precursor of the brain chemical dopamine that is missing in patients with Parkinson’s disease, in the gastrointestinal tracts of mice. The team also found berberine was able to increase the levels of l-dopa in the blood and stool of humans, as well as help improve behavior and…

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