The secret to preserving memory may lie in a staple of a bodybuilder’s diet. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center (USA) have shown that a muscle building supplement called beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, also called hmb, can help protect memory Reduce plaque and ultimately help stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
HMB is not a prescription drug or steroid, but rather an over-the-counter supplement available at sports and fitness stores. Bodybuilders use HMB regularly to enhance performance as well as increase exercise-induced muscle size and strength. HMB is considered safe even after long-term use, with no known side effects.
Kalipad Pahan, one of the people responsible for this research published in the scientific journal ‘Cell Reports’, said, “This may be one of the safest and simplest ways to stop the progression of the disease and protect the memory of Alzheimer’s patients.” ” ,
Studies on mice suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have shown that HMB successfully reduces plaques and increases neuronal growth factors to protect learning and memory.
Studies indicate that a family of proteins known as neurotrophic factors is dramatically reduced in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and has been found to help with the survival and function of neurons, the cells that Receive and send messages from the body to the brain and vice versa.
This new study has shown that, following oral intake, HMB enters the brain to increase these beneficial proteins, restore neural connections, and improve memory and learning in mice with Alzheimer’s-like pathologies, such as plaques. and tangles.
Study results suggest that HMB stimulates a nuclear hormone receptor called PPARγ in the brain that regulates fatty acid transport, which is key to HMB’s success as a neuroprotective supplement.
“If the results obtained in mice with HMB are replicated in patients with Alzheimer’s, it will open a promising avenue for the treatment of this devastating neurodegenerative disease.”
Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking and, over time, the ability to perform even the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, the first symptoms appear after the age of 60.
The disease is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly, affecting 6 million Americans and more than 10 percent of those 65 and older. About two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.