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An Amazonian Tea May Stimulate the Formation of New Brain Cells

| n a new study, researchers found the traditional psychoactive drug ayahuasca stimulates the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampi of research mice. The hippocampus is responsible for many memory functions, and the mice dosed with ayahuasca also performed better in a battery of memory tests.


| While ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic and often purgative tea brewed from leaves of a shrub that grows in South America, contains the psychoactive compound N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), it also packs harmine and tetrahydoharmine, two compounds that form new neurons from stem cells in a petri dish, per IFL Science.


| The study, published in Translational Psychiatry, a Nature Research journal, reports the results of four years of in vitro and in vivo experimentation on mice" according to one medical news site.

José Ángel Morales, a researcher in the UCM and CIBERNED Department of Cellular Biology, tells them "This capacity to modulate brain plasticity suggests that it has great therapeutic potential for a wide range of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases


| In neurodegenerative diseases, it is the death of certain types of neurons that causes the symptoms of pathologies such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Although humans have the capacity to generate new neuronal cells, this depends on several factors and is not always possible.


| "The challenge is to activate our dormant capacity to form neurons and thus replace the neurons that die as a result of the disease. This study shows that DMT is capable of activating neural stem cells and forming new neurons," concluded Morales.


| The study:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41398-020-01011-0

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-11-amazonian-tea-formation-neurons.html

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a34632520/what-is-ayahuasca-health-brain-benefits/

https://www.iflscience.com/brain/ayahuasca-stimulates-neurogenesis-hippocampus-study-shows/

What is Ayahuasca:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ayahuasca#what-it-is

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