Researchers from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) have developed a material made from discarded coffee grinds that could protect the brain against chemical assaults that trigger nerve cell degeneration, leading to conditions like dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The material, made from compounds found in coffee, has been shown to be more effective in mopping up substances that trigger the degeneration of nerve cells, which can lead to conditions like dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The blood-brain barrier is too strong to allow most antioxidants from our diet to seep into the brain. However, coffee, an antioxidant found in wine, apples, and coffee, has the potential to slip through the barrier. The researchers transformed the compound into a quantum dot, enriching electromagnetic bonds within the molecules, which could help them mop up radicals more efficiently and potentially slip through the blood-brain barrier. The researchers aim to find a cure for neurodegenerative disorders by addressing the atomic and molecular underpinnings that drive these conditions.
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