Study finds apples can help to tackle disease

Apples could have a key role in treating inflammatory diseases suffered by millions of people worldwide, latest research from New Zealand has suggested.

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, one of the country's Crown Research Institutes, selected five cultivars rich in a range of 27 compounds thought to be beneficial to health. Extracts of the flesh and skin of each were analysed for their effect on various aspects of human inflammation.

This showed that apples with high levels of two families of compounds, named procyanidins and triterpenes, inhibited the activation of two molecules known to play a role in inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Group leader at the institute Dr William Laing said: "Understanding which compounds in apple influence pathways in disease such as IBD allows us to breed new varieties of apple with more of these compounds that can then be used as ingredients in foods specifically designed to control symptoms."

Researchers collaborated with a team at the Centre de Recherche Public Gabriel Lippmann in Luxembourg as part of the state-funded Nutrigenomics New Zealand programme to develop gene-specific foods that prevent, control or cure disease.

This latest research was published in the Washington DC-based Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

The SIVAL horticultural trade show in Angers, France, this week (16-18 January) heard about several initiatives to promote more environmentally sustainable orchard growing.

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

Published on 11 January, the Government's long-awaited 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment' brings together a number of policy strands into a single framework that will impact many sectors, not least fresh produce, over the coming decades.

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

At the Oxford Farming Conference, whose theme was "embracing change", Defra secretary Michael Gove expanded on what a post-Brexit UK agriculture and land-use policy will look like and how it will impact farmers and growers.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon