Nutrient Cocktail May Help Alzheimer's Patients, New Research Finds
January 20, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
According 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.