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A natural Polyphenol found in Strawberries improves memory according to research at the Salk institute

A research carried out at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California (an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to fundamental discoveries in the life sciences, the improvement of human health and the training of future generations of researchers), has discovered that a naturally occuring flavonoid called fisetin which is commonly found in Strawberries stimulates mechanisms that enhance long-term memory.

About a third of people aged 60 years or above, suffer from memory problems.With rising average life expectancy around the world, the number of people who suffer from Alzheimers and other forms of Dementia continues to rise.

The lead author of the study, Pamela Maher, Ph. D., a researcher at Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute had this to say: “Since the development of a basic understanding of the biochemical pathways involved in memory formation, the holy grail of CNS research in the pharmaceutical industry is the identification of a safe, orally active drug that activates memory-associated pathways and enhances memory.”

Fisetin was stumbled upon by Maher while she screened a collection of flavonoids for their neuroprotective abilities. Flavonoids are polyphenols with anti-oxidant activities found in many plants, and in high concentrations in Strawberries especially Nerina strawberries (18 times more flavonoids than regular strawberries),

Fisetin and some other compounds induced maturation or differentiation of neural cells. Maher explained:  “That suggested to us that these compounds might be particularly beneficial, since they might not only protect neural cells from dying but might be able to promote new connections between nerve cells.”


Read the full press release at the Salk Institutes Website.

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