Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the most devastating and perplexing afflictions across generations. In fact, it is poised to afflict 13.5 million people in the U.S, if no quick action is taken to address this disease. However, according to a recent study, this debilitating condition that usually comes with age can be prevented. In fact, the news may be much better than that.
You see, the new study shows that taking a certain type of supplement may help prevent your future generations for developing Alzheimer’s.
The Biodesign Institute investigators at Arizona State University (ASU) that Alzheimer’s disease may be combated with a simple dietary adjustment. The ASU researchers fed mice bred to display AD-like symptoms with a diet high in choline.
The offspring bred by these mice showed marked improvements in spatial memory when compared to those that received the normal choline regimen in the womb. The new generation of mice from the offspring fed with choline supplement also displayed the same kind of enhanced memory.
You can read about the findings of this study in an article titled “Maternal choline supplementation ameliorates Alzheimer’s disease pathology by reducing brain homocysteine levels across multiple generations.”
You may need to add choline in your health supplements regimen, especially prenatal supplements, as it just may help prevent AD. This nutrient has been found to contribute to brain development.
Just What Is Choline?
Choline is a vitamin-like nutrient and you can get it by consuming foods like green vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, mushrooms, and especially liver and eggs. When you eat these foods, your body gets a good supply of choline and it uses it to produce acetylcholine, an essential neurotransmitter that aids the passage of nerve signals. This neurotransmitter is essential for brain and nervous system functions including memory, mood and muscle control.
However, you can get greater benefit by taking choline supplements. This can help you reduce the level of homocysteine in your body. Homocysteine is a protein building block known to double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in humans.
Choline supplementation also helps you regulate the genes involved in the activation of microglia- cells responsible for clearing away unwanted debris in the brain.
Researchers also found that the benefits of choline supplementation are transgenerational. Just like the mice experiment, not only the individual receiving the choline supplementation during gestation and lactation will be protected. The subsequent generation of the subject will also be protected from the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This is really good news because you can actually save your successive generation from the risk of AD memory deficit.
However, much research is still ongoing to show the effects of choline supplementation on Alzheimer’s disease in humans rather than fetal mice. Hopefully, we will soon confirm if choline is truly an effective weapon to ameliorate the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.