Nutrient-rich diet may help fight Alzheimer’s across future generations. A new study suggests that an essential nutrient in a mother’s diet can cut the impact of Alzheimer’s in their offspring.
For the study, the researchers bred mice that were genetically prepared to develop signs of Alzheimer’s disease from females. Their diet included choline.
The offsprings of these female showed signs of brain changes related to disease and also improved memory skills compared to those who didn’t take any supplements.
The scientists from Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe and the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, AZ, supplemented choline to these females and bred two generations of mice from them.
The team found that multiple generations continually showed the protective effects of “maternal choline supplementation.” Findings of the study were explained in a paper published in journal Molecular Psychiatry.
Choline is an essential nutrient that is important for the body to perform many functions such as early brain development and the preserve the cell structure.
Animal products such as meat, fish, eggs, and other dairy are the key sources of choline while soybean, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, cruciferous, and nuts are some other sources.
Lead author Dr. Ramon Velazquez of the Biodesign Institute at ASU says that “Choline deficits are associated with failure in developing fetuses to fully meet expected milestone like walking and babbling.”
“But, we show that even if you have the recommended amount supplementing with more in a mouse model gives even greater benefit .”
Alzheimers disease is a chronic neurodegenrative disease and main cuase of dementia that usualy reduces a person’s ability to remember, think, and make decisions. The condition worsesn over time.