Tau proteins, (which to me sounds like another ancient Chinese secret along with the use of chop sticks); are proteins inside nerve cells that are responsible for keeping the nerve cells straight. This is crucial because the nerve cells need to be able to transport information freely. When there is a tau protein deficiency within the structure of the nerve cell, the nerve cells lose their straight shape. This could compare to osteoporosis and when people are unable to stand up straight and walk hunched over(generally, not because the ceilings are low). Tau proteins become tangled or mangled in some way inside the nerve cells in the brain. When there is a tangle or kink in a nerve cell this prevents, nutrients to get through to the cells and the cells in the brain die.
To be able to prevent brain degeneration or mental disorder resulting from either excess or deficient amounts of substances in the body would be ideal in that all one needs to do is regulate the body with the adequate amounts of supplements for proper function. Curcumin, is a herb that is used in foods. It may have an effect in the removal of amyloid plaque, because curcumin can work effectively with the macrophages in removing waste such as amyloid plaque or toxic waste from the brain. It is able to trigger to the immune system that there is a toxic substance or inflammation that the brain and body need to get rid of. But, what about the tau proteins? "Ok my brain feels squeaky clean because the plaque was removed, but now my nerve cells need braces." Carnosine is an antioxidant in the body. As we get older collagen fibers and cells become damaged due to regular use. As the production of carnosine decreases it becomes no longer able to protect the brain cells and nervous system ect. When this occurs proteins like tau and collagen fibers are prone to collapse or form wrinkles and lose their smooth, straight structure. Acetyl-l- Carnitine, is a supplement that can assist with carnosine levels in the body to prevent wrinkles and lack of elasticity. In doing so it improves nerve cell function and prevents cell death. We do what we can, curcumin and acetyl-l-carnitine for brain cleanliness!