Britain launches milkshake that helps fight Alzheimer`s

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:32

London: A milkshake said to contain "memory boosting" nutrients that reduce symptoms of early Alzheimer`s went on sale in Britain Monday.

The drink contains nutrients like those found in breast milk.

The milkshake came after a decade of research into a formula said to improve the brain function of people in the early stages of the disease.

Taken 125 ml once a day, the drink "Souvenaid" has ingredients that work together to boost brain cells important for memory.

It contains omega 3 fatty acids, the nutrient found in fish which is known to be good for the brain.

It also contains two other compounds normally present in blood -- uridine, produced by liver and kidneys and found in breast milk, and choline found in meat, nuts and eggs -- along with B vitamins.

Studies carried out by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggest it helps improve memory performance after six months in people with mild Alzheimer`s who are not taking drugs.

However, a study on people with moderate Alzheimer`s who were on prescribed medication found no improvement, the daily said.

Around 800,000 people in Britain live with dementia, of which Alzheimer`s disease is the most common form.

IANS



First Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:32

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