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Mental Health: Low Protein Diet May Delay Alzheimer’s

alzheimer1 Mental Health: Low Protein Diet May Delay Alzheimers

Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia and usually worsens as it progresses. There is no proper cure for this disease, but a recent American study says that – restricted protein diet may delay the process of Alzheimer’s disease.

The above statement comes to the lime light after a test done on mice. It was noted that mice with many of the pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease showed fewer signs of the disease when given a protein-restricted diet supplemented with specific amino acids every other week for four months.

The mice were put on the new diet when they were at the advanced stages of the disease. With the new diet they showed improved cognitive abilities over their non-dieting mice. This was tested using mazes.

According to a recent study conducted by Aging Cellast, with this diet fewer of their neurons contained abnormal levels of a damaged protein called “tau” which accumulates in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients.

An upcoming study will be conducted by USCDavis School of Gerontology Professor Valter Longo wherein attempts will be done to determine whether humans respond similarly while simultaneously examining the effects of dietary restrictions on cancer, diabetes and cardiac disease.

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