Plant are important dietary components for humans and animals. Plants contain a large number of proteins and many of these are enzymes. Plants use enzymes to synthesise phytochemicals. Evidence suggests that some of these enzyme may be useful as pharmacological agents in humans and animals. For example, the most abundant protein known to man is a protein called rubisco. Rubisco is an enzyme found in all plant leaves and it is therefore consumed when edible plant leaves are eaten, which might be the case for tea, spinach or kale. Rubisco is digested in humans to form a number of metabolites and one of these is called rubiscolin-6. Evidence suggests that rubiscolin-6 is able to interact with the delta opioid receptor in humans and animals, and in this way it may be able to alter central nervous system function. That rubiscolin-6 is able to alter central nervous system function was shown in mice that showed improved learning following administration of the compound.
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