Acetyl-L-Carnitine Prevents Alzheimer’s Brain Tangles
Friday, November 13, 2009
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
Acetyl-l-carnitine has long been regarded as an important nutrient for memory. A new study shows that it stabilizes tau proteins1, which if over-excited produce brain tangles that lead to Alzheimer’s.
Tau proteins are heavily involved in the structure of nerve cells and are found throughout your nervous system. When they are working properly they support nerve stability, However, if they become over-excited (hyperphosphorylated) they begin to assemble nerves in a chaotic and tangled form. Thus, one goal of nerve health and memory is to keep tau proteins functioning properly.
Scientists have figured out a chemical injection into the nerves that hyperphosphorylates tau proteins leading to brain tangles and memory decline – an animal model mimicking one key aspect of Alzheimer’s. In the new study the scientists found that giving acetyl-l-carnitine to animals for two weeks prior to injection prevented the formation of brain tangles and memory decline.
Since the accumulation of brain tangles is common during aging, even happening prior to noticeable memory decline, acetyl-l-carnitine is a top choice for brain anti-aging and memory.
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