Dietary Supplement May Help Slow Alzheimer’s Progression and Improve Cognitive Outcomes, Small Trial Suggests

Dietary Supplement May Help Slow Alzheimer’s Progression and Improve Cognitive Outcomes, Small Trial Suggests
A dietary supplement made with components of foods such as broccoli and peppers plus fish oil may help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and improve memory, sight and mood, a small clinical trial suggests. The findings paved the way for a larger European trial, called re-MIND, currently recruiting in Ireland, to test the nutritional strategy in 120 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. "This work follows many years of research into the role of nutrients on brain and ocular health. We know from several large-scale population-based studies that nutrition is a key factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease, and importantly, what the major nutrients of the brain are. However, attempts to identify an exact combination of nutrients that can positively impact on brain health have failed — until now,” Professor John Nolan, founder of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) and the study's author, said in a press release. “This recent work identified a unique way to enhance the localized nutrients of the brain, and adds to our earlier work, which demonstrated the memory-enhancing effect of carotenoids in the normal population," he said. The study, “Nutritional Intervention to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease: Potential Benefits of Xanthophyll Carotenoids and Omega-3 Fatty Acids Combined,” was published in the
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