Friday, February 27, 2009

Nutritional compounds with promise in Alzheimer's syndrome

Anyone experiencing Alzheimer's disease firsthand probably has wondered if there is any extra "edge" they might obtain for their own risk from nutritional supplementation. A group of researchers recently reported that a combination supplement reduced the levels of already existing specific oxidative marker levels by 57% and prevented the reappearance of new molecules.

The supplement used in this study contained the following compounds: alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-l-carnitine, glycerophosphocoline, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and phosphatidylserine.

I don't know about you, but this is one condition I'd rather not give a head start to my brain, and one I'm happy to be proactive when it comes to my current supplemental choices.

Suchy J, Chan A, Shea TB. Dietary supplementation with a combination of alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnitine, glycerophosphocoline, docosahexaenoic acid, and phosphatidylserine reduces oxidative damage to murine brain and improves cognitive performance. Nutr Res. 2009 Jan;29(1):70-4.

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