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Nutrient Cocktail May Help Alzheimer's Patients, New Research Finds

January 20, 2010 by  

Nutrient cocktail may help Alzheimer's patients, new research findsAccording to a recent study, a multi-nutrient drink designed to improve brain synapse formation may help slow down the progress of Alzheimer’s in patients with mild forms of the disease.

The study, conducted at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands, discovered that a nutrient cocktail of three key ingredients found in human milk—B vitamins, phospholipids and antioxidants—aided verbal memory in patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s.

Researchers found that 41 percent of participants who drank the beverage improved their performance on a word test designed for patients afflicted with the disease. Approximately 24 percent of respondents who consumed a control drink also showed a positive change.

The nutrient beverage was developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

"If you can increase the number of synapses by enhancing their production, you might to some extent avoid that loss of cognitive ability," said Richard Wurtman, professor of neuropharmacology at MIT.

However, the multi-nutrient cocktail did not improve scores for patients taking the ADAS-cog test, which helps determine a person’s orientation, movement and cognition, according to FoodConsumer.org.
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  • Manish

    This is some really interesting stuff! :)

  • everett

    some would chooose phosphatidylcholine as their phospholipid, though i think much better to add phosphatidylserine …

    just caution that the phosphatidylserine in the ‘soft’ gelcaps mostly taste rancid … seems to be that they dont test their products for going bad :( right in the bottle…… so, the soft gelcaps must not be stable

  • H. Campbell

    Researchers at University of California, Irvine say they have found a Cure for Alzheimer, Niacinamide. Result with mice were fantastic! Human trials are underway. Info is available on the internet.

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