Alzheimer is a progressive neurological condition. People suffering from Alzheimer will progressively experience a fall in cognitive ability, and increasingly severe memory loss. This can lead to an immense sense of loss for sufferers, and cause huge changes in personality. Now, a new research recently claimed that a drink containing fish oils, which is also available over the counter (OTC) could slow down the progressive nature of the disease.
Scientists say that a drink known as Fortasyn Connect could potentially fight Alzheimer
According to the study, which is published in The Lancet Neurology, the drink Souvenaid (also known as Fortasyn Connect) can help fight Alzheimer. The study looked at 311 participants (suffering from Mild Cognitive Impairment) who were chosen randomly to either receive the drink for 2 years or a placebo with similar levels of calories but none of the nutrients. Moreover, memories of the participants were improved and it is postulated that damages to the brain were reduced.
The results of the study
Participants were gauged on their mental capabilities through the administration of a test known as Clinical Dementia Rating-Sum of Box (CDR-SB) which is basically a test which examines their performance on everyday chores. This method of assessing the participants was chosen as it is able to provide an indication of the progression of the disease.
The scientists have also found that there was also a reduction in brain shrinkage in participants relative to the control group (participants given a placebo) of about 26% for the hippocampus and 16% for the ventricular volume. The hippocampus is important for consolidation of information relating to both short and long-term memory.
Professor Hilkka Soininen from Eastern Finland University expressed appreciation for their findings, saying that “Today’s results are extremely valuable as they bring us closer to understanding the impact of nutritional interventions on prodromal Alzheimer’s“. He also commented that given the current state of the healthcare system, a lack of approved pharmaceutical options also increased the significance of the results.
This study is not the first to show a boost in memory performance!
Previous research and studies which were done have also shown that Fortasyn Connect is able to provide a boost in memory performance. One particular finding being called out was the fact that the effects were not purely hormonal or chemic in nature but also physical. For example, reduced atrophy in the brain as mentioned earlier proved that the benefits extend beyond the symptomatic. Professor Tobias Hartmann, also commented that “certain nutrients have been found to have a neuroprotective effect on the brain” and it has been known for a while that diet can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer.
The takeaways from the studies are very real. If you have a friend/relative/family member currently suffering from Alzheimer or Dementia, you might want to consider reading the study in greater depth. Regardless, there are benefits from consuming nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B13, B, C and E and Fortasyn Connect happens to be one option.