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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Caffeine & Dementia

Caffeine Boosts Enzyme That Could Protect Against Dementia

Summary: Researchers have discovered 24 compounds, including caffeine, that have the potential to boost NMNAT2, an enzyme shown to help protect against dementia.
Source: Indiana University.
New analysis reveals 24 compounds that can help reduce impact of harmful proteins in the brain.
A study by Indiana University researchers has identified 24 compounds — including caffeine — with the potential to boost an enzyme in the brain shown to protect against dementia.
The protective effect of the enzyme, called NMNAT2, was discovered last year through research conducted at IU Bloomington. The new study appears today in the journal Scientific Reports.
Image shows a diseased neuron in Alzheimer's dementia.Indiana University scientists have identified 24 compounds that increase the brain’s production of the enzyme NMNAT2, which helps prevent the formation of these tangles associated with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. image is credited to NIA/NIH and is in the public domain./.../

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