Tokyo, (JCN) - Nagase, a Japanese trading company specializing in chemical products, recently announced its discovery, in collaboration with Kyoto University, that rosemary helps prevent brain aging.

Specifically, the two partners elucidated that carnosic acid, which is found in rosemary, substantially stimulates the activity of Nrf2, a kind of transcription factor, promoting the growth of neuritis. A derivative of caffeic acid, one of the rosemary components, also produces similar effects.

Furthermore, in experiments on mice, they confirmed that intake of rosemary extract containing a high concentration of carnosic acid, which helps improve memory.

Details of the findings will be presented at the 126th Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, to be held March 28-30 in Sendai.

By Aki Tsukioka, JCN Staff Writer

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