Probiotics May Boost Alzheimer’s Patients Cognitive Function

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It appears that probiotics are working when it comes to Alzheimer’s. People who have the condition may have the chance to improve their cognitive skills by consistently taking probiotics.

This is what researchers found after a new study revealed that daily doses of Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium bacteria taken in a 12-week period showed some improvements in patients’ assessments related to performing mental activities.

Probiotics May Boost Alzheimer’s Patients’ Memory

Probiotics are found naturally in fermented foods, such as yogurt, fermented soy products, sauerkraut, and kefir. They are also available in the form of high-dose probiotic “shot” drinks, freeze-dried powders, capsules, and tablets. Read more…

Honor Whiteman from Medical News Today explains that the research team from Iran was the very first to have results that depict how a daily dose can greatly influence the thinking capacities of individuals diagnosed with the condition.

The senior author of the study, Prof. Mahmoud Salami, from Kashan University in Iran, and the research team released their results in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Probiotics May Boost Learning, Memory For Alzheimer’s Patients

 According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, probiotics can act in a number of ways. They can help create a favorable community of microbes in the gut, for example, and help stimulate immune response. Read more…

The team thinks that probiotics may be essential in combatting against memory decline but it’s too early to say. These live bacteria are known for their great benefits. The scientists are also thinking about the effects of these bacteria to the brain. It appears that the gut and the major organ are closely linked.

The research group thinks though that more study is needed to be able to determine the effect of the good bacteria to other forms of cognitive impairment.

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At the beginning and end of the 12-week study, the participants took tests designed to measure brain function, such as giving the current date, counting backward from 100 by sevens, naming objects, repeating a phrase, and copying a picture. They also gave blood samples to measure other metabolic changes. Read more…

This new research can fuel hope for those who are affected by the disease. It is important to  add more studies related to this discovery with the intention of developing new treatments.

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