Flowers were always able to cheer us up but some of them have actually health benefits even according to the scientists. A new research, conducted in Denmark, has showed that daffodils can be used for treating depression, reports Daily Mail. The research has discovered that some compounds in the South African species of snowdrops and daffodils are able to pass through defensive wall of brain. It is a blood barrier, which keeps the brain isolated. This barrier is one of the biggest problems in the medical treatment of depression. The wall contains proteins which manage to get rid of the drugs as soon as they enter into the brain. Nine of ten from the compounds in the drugs cannot influence the brain. Apparently the compounds in the South African flowers were able to “break” the barrier. The idea is to use these compounds as a bridge to enter into the brain. They could help the drugs to enter and interfere with the brain without problem. “Several of our plant compounds can probably be smuggled past the brain’s effective barrier proteins”, said Professor Briger Broding, who was the main researcher in the experiment at the University of Copenhagen.
The first test results were very promising. Now, the studies continue, reported the professor. He is sure that some of this chemical compounds can be used in long-term drug developments in order to make the depression treatment finally easier and with better results. Still the experiments are new and it would take some time before there is a final product on the market, added professor Broding.
Studies of the natural products and their compounds are very valuable source of knowledge and ideas for using them in other treatments, claims Broding.