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Human skin cells: Skin cells injected with a mixture of genes and a molecule called valproic acid were able to repair the damaged hearts of lab rats.

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Epilepsy pill could give you the learning powers of a child

Valproic acid, which is a key ingredient in drugs used to treat mood disorders, could help adults revert to a more porous state of learning ...

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Bad singer? There's a DRUG for that: Compound helps cure tone deafness

Bad singer? There's a DRUG for that: Brain-altering compound could help cure tone deafness. Researchers wanted to test the effect mood-stabilising drugs had on the brain’s ability to learn. They gave 11 males the drug valproic acid (VPA) and 12 received a placebo. All participants were trained to identify musical pitches before being tested. In tests, those who took VPA scored much higher than the placebo group.


14 Foods That Are Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier

Certain flavors in berries have a chemical similarity to valproic acid, which is a prescription mood-stabilizing drug, according to research conducted by Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies. The flavonoid anthocyanidin found in berries also reduces inflammation, which has been associated with increased rates of depression. For recipes starring berries, try 18 Totally Creative Strawberry Desserts.


Valerian - The root is used for medicinal purposes. It is also found in drugs that are used to treat nervous disorders like Epilepsy or Anxiety, such as Valproic Acid aka Depakote / Depakene.