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Apple skins show anti-inflammatory activity

25th March, 2013

Research has demonstrated the anti-inflammatory properties of compounds found in the skins of some apples.

Triterpenes have been associated with numerous pharmacological properties. Previous studies had identified a different triterpene pattern in russeted apple cultivars than waxy cultivars, such as Royal Gala. Further analysis by Plant & Food Research has shown the presence of three of triterpene-caffeates in the skins of russeted apples ‘Merton Russet’ and ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’.

These compounds showed anti-inflammatory activity in vitro, boosting production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine TNFα. The research is published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.