New research published in The Journal of Neuroscience has found a new benefit to the daily aspirin so many doctors recommend. Normally, this recommendation is tied to cardiovascular health. But a regular regimen of the low aspirin dosage typically recommended has been found to reduce certain plaques that can form on brain tissue.
Many of the cognitive diseases that can be collectively referred to as dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, have been tied to some characteristic plaques that are consistently found in the neural tissue of dementia patients. These plaques are referred to as amyloid beta plaques. They interrupt proper function between the nerve cells of the body, particularly in the brain. It is not known if the plaques are the cause of dementia, or merely a symptom; but some research has been pursuing possible strategies that could reduce or eliminate the plaques.
The regular aspirin some patients take for heart health reasons may also be helping them stave off possible dementia by also helping to reduce these plaques. The regular aspirin dosage helps the body’s natural cellular waste cleanup processes, and these seem to be assisting in removing some of the plaque. While the study is still being investigated further, it is a promising new avenue in the fight against dementia that affects as many as one in ten adults past the age of sixty-five.
Many take daily aspirin for heart health, but it might help stave off dementia as well. #HealthStatus
- 1Existing medicines provide only limited symptomatic relief from Alzheimer’s.
- 2Aspirin stimulates the brain cells that clean up plaque in the brain.
- 3Clearing plaque is likely to delay Alzheimer related pathology in the brain.
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