Sure, this sounds a bit crazy but apparently, it works. Would you get a blood transfusion if it meant your brain could be recharged? I know I would.
In a more recent study that was carried out by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, has been testing out the link between the blood of the young and the brains of the old. I know, I know, it sounds crazy but hear me out. Their findings were published in the journal Cell Reports and was carried out on mice. They linked the vascular systems if an older mouse and a younger mouse. Once the infusions were done they found the older mice had boosted levels of Tet2.
For those who may not know, Tet2 is an enzyme that you find in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is associated with memory and learning in general. Tet2 is in charge of promoting brain regeneration so yes, this is a big deal. The loss of this enzyme could even be partially responsible for the age-related cognitive decline.
Geraldine Gontier Ph.D. one of the researchers for this study said as follows in regards to their results in a statement:
“At first I didn’t believe it. I did the experiment, again and again, to make sure that it was right. But it became clear that some circulating factor in the blood is able to change the level of Tet2 in the brain.”
“This finding is exciting on many levels. I’ve spent my entire Ph.D. and now my postdoc trying to understand how the brain ages and how we can reverse it. And in this study, we find that one molecule, Tet2, is able to rescue regenerative decline and enhance some cognitive functions in the adult mouse brain.”
While there is, of course, much more research to be done these findings are incredible and could hold a lot of potential. What do you think will come of this? Could this be the mental fountain of youth?
I think it just might be. To hear someone speak on this in a different light and go over things before these findings came about check out the video below, there have been similar findings over the course of many years.