A common food nutrient found to prevent Alzheimer’s

A lifelong dietary regimen of choline has potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Common nutrient prevents Alzheimer’s

A nutrient found in many foods may naturally prevent Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers from the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Centre (NDRC).

Choline is a nutrient naturally present in some foods and can also be easily administered as a dietary supplement.

Biodesign researchers found that a dietary regimen of choline has potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

“The human body uses choline to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for functioning memory, muscle control and mood,” says study author Ramon Velazquez from the NDRC.

Lifelong choline supplementation can reduce the activation of microglia – specialised cells that rid the brain of ‘deleterious debris’. Microglia naturally occur to keep the brain healthy, but if they are overactivated, brain inflammation and neuronal death – both common symptoms of Alzheimer’s – will occur. Excess microglia is also present in various neurodegenerative diseases caused by traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Choline protects the brain by blocking the production of amyloid-beta plaques often observed in Alzheimer's disease. It also restricts activation of microglia which, when overactive, can cause brain inflammation and can eventually compromise cognitive function or eventually lead to neuronal death.

Choline is found in various foods, with high levels in chicken liver, eggs, grass-fed beef, wheat germ, milk and Brussels sprouts. Supplements containing choline are also widely available. Choline supplements are widely recommended for those on plant-based diets.

“Our choline supplemented diet regimen was only 4.5 times the recommended daily intake (RDI), which makes this a safe strategy,” says Dr Velazquez, who believes choline supplementation is a very safe alternative to pharmaceutical intervention.

“At 4.5 times the RDI, we are well under the tolerable upper limit, making this a safe preventive therapeutic strategy.”

Although the results promote further understanding of the disease, the study authors suggest that clinical trials will be necessary to confirm choline as a viable treatment in the future.

Do you eat foods containing choline?

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    2nd Oct 2019
    Yes we love our Brussels sprouts have plenty of milk and eggs.
    2nd Oct 2019
    What a lot of nonsense!
    2nd Oct 2019
    Another beat up about fixing dementia. The claim that a common food nutrient has been found to prevent Alzheimer’s is unfounded. The research the editor refers to, but has not fairly reported, concludes that memory deficits in certain mice with a lifelong dietary regimen may be ameliorated. This is a long way from showing that a food additive prevents Alzheimer’s Disease.
    Nevertheless, we should not have to wait long for news on yet another miracle cure.
    2nd Oct 2019
    STRANGE? Still no mention of GLUTATHIONE. There are over 90,000 studies on the benefits of raising the level of this vital molecule in the body. We now have the means to do this easier, far more effective than ever before, NO Harmful Side Effects, minimum cost and proving safe for ALL ages from birth to 100+ If you are NOT finding out about Glutathione you are missing out for the best means known for reversing many ageing issues and gaining a wonderful quality of life.
    Polly Esther
    2nd Oct 2019
    an absolute load of bunkum, that's what this article is. I read this article somewhere some time ago, can't remember when or where or what it was about. Guess what? I've been on the so-called correct diet, can't remember which one it is, but don't worry because now I've lost track of what I was writing.
    Mike Omment
    2nd Oct 2019
    I think you were blaming Tony abbot for this report , Polly
    18th Apr 2020
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