COLLEGE STATION, T.X. (WNCT) – Research taking place at Texas A&M University has discovered possible health benefits of nicotine.
Nicotine has gotten a bad wrap with cigarettes, but researchers said on its own, could actually help with the anti-aging process.
Ursula Winzer-Serhan has been studying how the drug impacts the brain. After testing the drug on mice, Winzer-Serhan found it can delay aging in the brain and the onset of Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease.
“I don’t believe prevention is possible but if you could delay the onset by five or ten years that would be a great benefit for society,” Winzer-Serhan said.
Researchers say this doesn’t mean people should smoke more, because cigarettes contain other chemicals that can create health concerns.
The next step is more tests.
“I think we need to do more studies, the next step would be to take that into older mice to see if that prevents the aging process if that has neuro protective effects and if it improves cognitive function in these animals,” Winzer-Serhan said.
Currently the only proven way to prevent the onset of cognitive decline is to cut your food intake by 30 percent.