Dementia breakthrough: In a “game-changing” study, brain ageing was reversed, and memory was improved.
ONE TEAM OF RESEARCHERS has unlocked the breakthrough potential of gut microorganisms on the brain, putting scientists tantalizingly close to reversing the ravages of aging.
Researchers from Ireland’s University College Cork (UCC) demonstrated a pioneering new treatment for age-related brain damage this week. The team was able to reverse some parts of ageing and regenerate the brain and immunological function by harnessing the power of gut bacteria. Despite the fact that the research was only done on mice, the discovery opens up a whole new field of treatment and cures involving bacteria in the human gut.
APC Microbiome Ireland (APC) at UCC conducted the research, which was led by researchers at the Brain-Gut-Microbiota lab.
Professor John F. Cryan, APC’s Vice President for Research and Innovation and Principal Investigator, led the team.
A growing body of research is looking into how gut microorganisms can help people live longer and healthier lives.
The researchers in this latest study implanted microorganisms taken from young mice into the brains of older rats to see how they might affect the brain.
The microbe transplant “reversed age-related disparities in peripheral and brain immunity,” according to the researchers.
Professor Cryan believes the team’s findings have the potential to transform the game.
As more people are anticipated to be diagnosed with various forms of dementia in the coming years, studies like this will become increasingly important.
Around 50 million people are thought to have been diagnosed with memory loss syndrome around the world.
According to a recent report, the figure is likely to increase in the next 30 years.
Because scientists still don’t know what causes dementia, the outlook is bleak – but might gut microbes be the answer?
“Previous research published by the APC and other international organisations has revealed that the gut microbiota plays a vital role in ageing and the ageing process,” Professor Cryan added.
“We have demonstrated that the microbiome can be utilized to cure age-related brain degradation, and this new research could be a game-changer.
“There is also evidence of better learning ability and cognitive function,” says the researcher.
Despite the excitement, the expert cautioned that much more research is needed to discover if the same results can be applied to humans.
APC Director Professor Paul Ross added, “This research.” Brinkwire Summary News