It’s been just reported that you can boost your memory with good ol’ coffee. Here’s more on the amazing discovery below.
Boost your memory with coffee
Recent research has shown that trigonelline, a compound present in coffee and some vegetables, can do more than just boost your energy levels in the morning.
The University of Tsukuba in Japan conducted a study that aimed to identify natural compounds that can help improve cognitive decline that comes with aging.
The research found that trigonelline has the potential to improve spatial learning, cognitive decline, and memory in aged mice. Additionally, trigonelline was found to support multiple pathways within the nervous system, decrease inflammation within the brain, and increase neurotransmitter levels.
These findings indicate that trigonelline could be a promising natural compound for the treatment of age-related cognitive decline in humans.
During a 16-week study conducted on mice, researchers administered trigonelline to a group of mice every day for 30 days, followed by a water maze test.
The results showed that the mice that received trigonelline demonstrated significant improvement in their spatial learning and memory performance compared to the mice that did not receive trigonelline.
Apart from testing the effects of trigonelline on the mice’s cognitive functions, the researchers also investigated its effects on brain matter, as well as specific neurotransmitters within the brain.
They found that the trigonelline suppressed neuroinflammation within the brain tissue, and resulted in higher levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin.
“For anyone looking for an excuse to drink more coffee, this study further validates previous research showing that coffee is helpful for cognition as we age,” Heather Sandison, a naturopathic doctor and an expert in neurocognitive medicine, said.
Trigonelline is a natural compound that can be found in various plants. It is a byproduct of Vitamin B3, also known as niacin. High levels of trigonelline can be found in coffee beans, fenugreek, and Japanese radish, while lower levels can be found in oats, barley, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and peas.
Several studies suggest that trigonelline may help protect against brain aging and cognitive decline, including neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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