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Animal Study Finds Hope For Dietary Treatment For Alzheimer’s

January 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A study in mice finds that even slight changes in the diet of Alzheimer’s patients may, if adopted early and for a long period of time, lead to significant changes in brain metabolism and improved memory. The researchers tested the effects of a fish oil-enriched diet, a plant sterol diet, and a commercially available supplement known as Fortasyn. The diets led to improvements in different ways, including memory and plaque formation, The Finnish researchers concluded that a single cocktail of nutrients would probably not provide the best outcome at this time. But further research, especially in humans, may lead to development of a diet-based treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
Hennariikka Koivisto et al., "Special lipid-based diets alleviate cognitive deficits in the APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease independent of brain amyloid deposition", Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, January 24, 2014, © Elsevier Inc.
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