Washington: Phosphatidylserine - a natural food supplement produced from beef, oysters, and soy - improves the functioning of genes involved in degenerative brain disorders, including Parkinson`s disease and Familial Dysautonomia (FD).This is the finding made by a team headed by Prof. Gil Ast and Dr. Ron Bochner of Tel Aviv University`s Department of Human Molecular Genetics.Widely available in pharmacies and health stores, phosphatidylserine is proven to improve cognition and slow memory loss and it`s a popular treatment for older people experiencing memory impairment.In FD, a rare genetic disorder that impacts the nervous system and appears almost exclusively in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, a genetic mutation prevents the brain from manufacturing healthy IKAP proteins - which likely have a hand in cell migration and aiding connections between nerves - leading to the early degeneration of neurons.
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