Texas A&M researchers suggest nicotine could help the aging brai - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Texas A&M researchers suggest nicotine could help the aging brain

Source:KXXV Source:KXXV
BRYAN, TX (KXXV) -

Texas A&M researchers have released a study that examines how nicotine could have a positive health effect for older people.

The study showed that nicotine without the other chemicals found in cigarettes could possibly bring positive effects to the aging brain.

Texas A&M Health Science Center Professor Dr. Ursula Winzer-Serhan said it’s possible that the purest form of nicotine actually has beneficial effects to humans.

Dr. Winzer-Serhan said her research shows that older adults who are at risk of Alzheimer’s dementia and Parkinson’s disease could slow down the onset of those disorders by taking pure nicotine in small doses.

“If we could delay aging of the brain normal aging of the brain by 5 or 6 years or something, that would benefit the individual and it would also benefit society,” Dr. Winzer-Serhan said.

She said right now there is no drug on the market that could delay the cognitive effects of aging of the brain, which is why they've conducted research for multiple years. Researchers found nicotine has other beneficial effects on the human body besides helping people stop smoking.

During the research, they gave low doses of nicotine to test animals over a long period of time and it showed to improve cognitive function, reduced body weight gain and increased metabolism. The test animals suffered no negative side effects.

"The study points us in the right direction, that does not mean that people should go out and purchase cigarettes and start smoking," Dr. Winzer-Serhan said.

She warned smoking is not the same thing. There are so many harmful chemicals in cigarettes that could have the opposite effect by causing cancer.

"That’s the last thing that I want people to get and take away from the study, because smoking is not anti-aging by no means, it has if anything the opposite effects," Dr. Winzer-Serhan said.

Dr. Winzer-Serhan said there is still a lot of research to be done before tests can officially be performed on humans, but if they're successful in the future research it could change the process of the aging brain forever.

Copyright 2016 KXXV. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:06 PM EST2018-02-24 04:06:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>
  • After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:05 PM EST2018-02-24 04:05:53 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    More >>

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

    More >>
  • Texas News Minute

    Texas News Minute

    Thursday, June 8 2017 12:45 PM EDT2017-06-08 16:45:17 GMT
    The latest Texas news from The Associated PressMore >>
    The latest Texas news from The Associated Press.More >>
Powered by Frankly