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Waterford researchers say nutrients can slow Alzheimer's
New research by a team of scientists in Waterford has identified a unique combination of nutrients that they say slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
The 18-month study, published in the latest edition of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, examined the effect of nutritional compounds, which are found in common foods such as trout, broccoli, and peppers, on Alzheimer sufferers.
The test centre at Waterford Institute of Technology was pioneered by Cambridge University academic Dr Alan Howard in a trial that studied people diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease from a mild to advanced stage.
Experts at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, based at WIT, worked with consultants at University Hospital Waterford and found that patients receiving the formula containing fish oil maintained cognitive abilities and quality of life far beyond those taking other forms of tablets. Waterford researchers say nutrients can slow Alzheimer's
The research was carried out at Waterford Institute of Technology WIT researchers say nutrients can slow Alzheimer's 2/3 Professor John Nolan, who led the study, said that their previous work confirmed that carotenoids are found in the eye and that enrichment of these essential nutrients with nutritional supplements can improve visual function. However, he said their high concentration in the healthy human brain also suggests a role for these nutrients in cognition. "We know from several large population-based studies that nutrition is a key factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease, but attempts to identify an exact combination of nutrients that can positively impact on brain health have failed up until now," he said.
Further studies are now planned. Professor Riona Mulcahy from University Hospital Waterford was the medical consultant to the research. She added: "Up-to-date best medical advice suggests that you can lower your risk of AD through moderate alcohol intake, not smoking, being physically and mentally active, and eating a well-balanced diet. "This study shows that diet deficiency is key. Science is now helping us understand exactly what nutrients our brains need. It's a very exciting development." Prof Riona Mulcahy and Prof John Nolan 6/20/2018 WIT researchers say nutrients can slow Alzheimer's
Dr George Perry, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, has welcomed the research as being the first controlled study of bioavailability and clinical benefit of combined antioxidant therapy and fish oil.