An extract from cocoa may reduce nerve pathway damage for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
The extract called Lavado seems to reduce the damage in the nerve pathways in the brain long before they develop symptoms.
The study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai suggests that Lavado prevents a protein from gradually forming sticky clumps in the brain which are known to damage nerve cells as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.
“Our data suggest that Lavado cocoa extract prevents the abnormal formation of A? into clumped oligomeric structures, to prevent synaptic insult and eventually cognitive decline,” says lead investigator Giulio Maria Pasinetti, MD, PhD, Saunders Family Chair and Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
“Given that cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease is thought to start decades before symptoms appear, we believe our results have broad implications for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The researchers have concluded that turning cocoa-based Lavado into a dietary supplement may provide a safe, inexpensive and easily accessible means to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, even in its earliest, asymptomatic stages.
The study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD).