Early brain cell pro­tec­tion

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul -

MEM­ORY loss is a com­mon con­cern for those aged over 50, as it may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s dis­ease (AD). AD symp­toms also af­fect daily tasks and, in some cases, per­son­al­ity and be­hav­iour.

Roughly 18 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fer from AD world­wide with an es­ti­mated 50,000 pa­tients in Malaysia. Most peo­ple with AD are not di­ag­nosed as their fam­i­lies of­ten mis­take such symp­toms for signs of age­ing and do not seek med­i­cal help.

AD in­volves the pro­gres­sive loss of brain nerve cells that are vi­tal for rea­son­ing, mem­ory and other brain func­tions. AD pa­tients suf­fer a de­cline in such func­tions, leav­ing them un­able to do ba­sic ac­tiv­i­ties and later on, to walk and com­mu­ni­cate.

Stud­ies show that about 60% of early-on­set AD is hered­i­tary, with close rel­a­tives such as par­ents and grand­par­ents suf­fer­ing from AD. In 1% to 6% of cases, pa­tients are aged 30 to 65 About 13% of pa­tients in­herit the genes from three gen­er­a­tions of their fam­ily tree

Sci­en­tists have found that white mat­ter le­sion formed by dam­aged brain cells can pre­dict the on­set of AD six years ahead us­ing an MRI scan. As AD is in­cur­able, those at risk should seek early brain cell pro­tec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Univer­siti Sains Malaysia’s School of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sciences’ Prof Yuen Kah Hay, palm to­cotrienols may have a brain cell pro­tec­tion func­tion. His clin­i­cal re­search was pub­lished in Stroke Jour­nal 2014

A to­tal of 121 vol­un­teers with high risk of brain cell dam­age were ran­domly given 200mg to­cotrienols in the SupraBio de­liv­ery sys­tem twice a day or a con­trol (sup­ple­mented with plain ed­i­ble oil).

MRI scans showed that the brain tis­sue dam­age for the con­trol group wors­ened af­ter the first year and pro­gressed fur­ther af­ter the sec­ond year. The brain con­di­tion of the vol­un­teers on to­cotrienols re­mained the same.

The study con­cluded that tak­ing 200mg of palm to­cotrienols twice a day may help pro­tect brain cells from pro­gres­sive dam­age. Palm to­cotrienols are made of nat­u­ral palm oil ex­tract and can be used as a long-term brain health sup­ple­ment to help pre­vent or de­lay var­i­ous neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­or­ders.


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Gopalan.Y. et al. Clin­i­cal In­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Pro­tec­tive Ef­fects of Palm Vi­ta­min E To­cotrienols on Brain White Mat­ter. Stroke. 2014; 45:00-00.

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Stud­ies show that tak­ing 200mg of palm to­cotrienols twice a day may help pro­tect brain cells from pro­gres­sive dam­age.

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