T3 (thyroid-3) is a natural hormone found naturally in the body, but it’s also been known to enhance cognition.
Now, researchers have discovered a compound that helps regulate T3 levels in the brain.
The compound, called Zyntix, is found in foods, supplements and medical devices, but scientists haven’t yet been able to find a specific way to manipulate its effects.
T3 helps control memory, mood, sleep, and even pain.
Its importance to human health is so great that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $2 million grant to study the drug and determine its impact on memory, cognition, and anxiety.
“I think the most important thing to take away from this is that we have a new therapeutic target for treating anxiety,” says study leader Eric D. Tewksbury, MD, PhD, a neuroscientist at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Zyntiq was found to activate brain regions that control memory and memory impairment, but Tewkhams was able to reverse the effects of the compound in a mouse model of anxiety disorder.
The team is now working to develop the drug for human use.
The study was published in the journal Science.