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