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Nutrient Cocktail Shows Potential For Improving Memory In Alzheimer’s Patients

January 8, 2010: 02:43 PM EST
A mixture of nutrients developed at MIT may improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients by stimulating growth of new brain connections called synapses, large numbers of which are lost in early stages of the disease. Researchers found in a clinical trial of 225 Alzheimer’s patients that verbal memory improved after 12 weeks of drinking a cocktail of three natural nutrients – uridine, choline and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (all found in breast milk) – plus B vitamins, phospholipids and antioxidants. The three main nutrients in the mixture are precursors to the fatty molecules that make up brain cell membranes, which form synapses.
Philip Scheltens, Patrick J.G.H. Kamphuis, et al., "Efficacy of a medical food in mild Alzheimer's disease: A randomized, controlled trial", Alzheimer's & Dementia, January 08, 2010, © The Alzheimer's Association
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