According to new research, there's a nutritional drink that can improve memory for people living with the early stages of Alzheimer's.
This research, conducted from the European LipiDiDiet clinical trial, found that an over-the-counter drink that contains active ingredient Fortasyn Connect has proven to reduce brain shrinkage and improve memory in people living with mild cognitive impairment associated with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
The clinical trial
This trial was the first to test out the impact of Fortasyn Connect on patients living with the early stages of Alzheimer's. The participants were randomized and received either the active ingredient drink or an iso-caloric control drink, which they were asked to consume daily. The researchers then monitored the cognitive function of the participants over a 24 month period.
The tests they used to measure the patients brain activity monitored word recall, delayed recall and recognition, category fluency and letter digit substitution. The researchers continued to test the participants and scan their brains throughout the study.
After two years, there was no difference in the participant's cognitive performance. However, when the researchers used a more sensitive exam to look at episodic memory, the results sparked a difference between the supplement and control group.
The participants who had the nutritional drink with Fortasyn Connect had reduced brain shrinkage in certain areas, including the hippocampus, which is involved in memory.
Tobias Hartmann, coordinator of the trial, said the results show that the future looks brighter for patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
"This is exciting because it shows that in the absence of effective drug options, we really have found something that can help slow down some of the most distressing symptoms in very early AD (pre-dementia); especially in those who started the intervention early. Indeed those patients who have lost the least cognitive function, have the most to gain."
Source: Sunrise Senior Living