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Vitamin B-3 Might Help Treat Alzheimer Disease

By jeremyc | February 10, 2018

In a new study done on mice, the researchers have found a substance which was able to prevent brain damage.  The name of this compound is nicotinamide riboside (or NR for short). It is a type of B3 Vitamin. This finding might pave the way for the development of a new treatment for Alzheimer’s in humans.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It accounts for nearly 90-95 percent of all dementia cases. Protein buildup in the brain, which occurs several years before physical symptoms manifest, is the highlight of this neurodegenerative condition. At present, there’s no cure for it and current treatments focus on improving symptoms.

Many experts in recent years have proposed Vitamin B3 as an alternative treatment for it. In one study, when mice were fed Vitamin B3 in large doses, memory loss related to Alzheimer’s was found to be reversed.

In this study, the researchers tested the effect of nicotinamide riboside on brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s in mice.

According to scientists, when the brain is unable to properly repair its DNA, neuron production gets hampered and neuronal dysfunction occurs. NR is important for this process repairing DNA and that’s why the scientists decided to check out its effect on mice genetically engineered to have chief characteristics of Alzheimer’s.

The researchers found that NR supplementation in mice lead to reduced DNA damage and less buildup of protein tau.

 

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