Researchers studying bones have found that certain compounds in our skeletons might affect other parts of the body including brain function.
Researchers studying bones have found that certain compounds in an animal’s skeleton might affect other parts of the body including brain function.
Based on the results of scientific studies, some experts believe that a protein found in bone matter known as osteocalcin, can influence mental and physical characteristics like muscle, fat, and brain activity.
Studies have looked at mice that were genetically engineered without osteocalcin to see how that change altered other physical or mental characteristics.
Mice with no osteocalcin had bone structures that were reportedly normal, but other aspects of their health or behavior stood out as being unusual.
For example, the mice showed symptoms of diabetes, had problems breeding, and their abdomens stored excess fat.
In a recent study on the correlation between mental function and osteocalcin which reportedly acts like a hormone, the mice that didn’t produce it were anxious, depressed, and mostly unable to pass spatial memory tests.
After researchers gave the mice some of the hormone, their moods seemed to improve and they started to perform better on the memory tests.
The results of these studies might apply to human bone health and how that relates to overall health.