KETR Local
9:33 am
Thu March 16, 2006

Bois d'Arc apples may be for more than horses

Commerce – Commerce citizens have long celebrated the Bois d'Arc tree and its fruits, and now may have another reason to be proud. Scientists have determined that Bois d'Arc apples may help combat Alzheimer's disease.

Natural chemicals called isoflavones help combat Alzheimer's, and may help lower risk of heart attack and cancer, ease menopause symptoms, and improve bone health. Isoflavones are found in very small quantities in soy, fruits, and vegetables; but are in abundant supply in Bois d'Arc apples.

While you don't want to start eat Bois d'Arc apples any time soon (they'll make you sick), research into how the fruit creates isoflavones may help scientists find ways to improve more tasty dishes to provide the same health benefits.