Drug Used for Constipation Has the Potential to Improve Our Memory, New Research Claims

Drug Used for Constipation Has the Potential to Improve Our Memory, New Research Claims

Who doesn’t need a better memory these days? Stress and anxiety are two of our society’s biggest enemies, and they often lead to forgetfulness. Even though you become forgetful with the “little things,” that can still affect your life and relationships.

The term “prucalopride” may not say anything for most people, but it’s actually the name of a constipation drug that some researchers hope that can improve memory in some individuals, according to InterestingEngineering.com.

Activating the 5HT4 receptors

Prucalopride activates the 5HT4 receptors in the gut. These are the same receptors that are activated in the human brain during episodes when you don’t realize that time is passing by due to your attention being focused on something else.

The participants in the new study took the drug for a few days and then completed a memory task. There was an 81 percent success rate compared to a 76 percent rate for the placebo group.

WebMD.com explains about the prucalopride drug the following:

This medication is used to treat chronic constipation. It is used when other medications used to treat constipation (such as laxatives) have not provided relief. Prucalopride works by improving how well your stomach and intestines move food through the bowels during digestion.

There are several types of memory, and the short-term visual one is also on the list and is good for improving. Another recent study claims that you can improve this later type of memory in less than 10 minutes.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, up to 20% of adults who are over 65 years old are dealing with mild cognitive impairment. However, there are two types of mild cognitive impairment – amnestic and nonamnestic. Alzheimer is a much more serious issue, being classified as the most common form of dementia. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s can lead to devastating effects for the human brain.


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