Why an apple a day can keep the doctor away

Antioxidants found in apple peels may lead to new treatments and therapies for people suffering from bowel inflammation disorders, according to a new research.

Oral ingestion of apple polyphenols can suppress T cell activation and improve experimental colitis in mice, the report said.

T cells are a type of blood cells, which play a key role in cell-mediated immunity and helps the body fight against diseases or harmful substances.

This study is the first to show a role for T cells in polyphenol-mediated protection against an autoimmune disease and could lead to new therapies and treatments for people with disorders related to bowel inflammation, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn`s disease and colitis-associated colorectal cancer.

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`Many people with colitis use some form of dietary supplement to complement conventional therapies, but most of the information on the health effects of complementary medicine remains anecdotal,` said David W. Pascual, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

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