Studies Show Vitamin B3, Exercise May Ease Alzheimer’s Symptoms

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Could Vitamin B3 and exercise help in easing symptoms related to Alzheimer’s? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and University of Connecticut’s (UC) studies have shed some light on these topics.

The NIH study claimed that nicotinamide riboside (NR), which is a Vitamin B3 variant, may pave the way in developing a cure for the disease. On the other hand, UC’s analysis showed that patients who exercise may delay the manifestation of Alzheimer’s.

NIH Study

NIH based its findings from a study of mice with symptoms that are similar to Alzheimer’s. The researchers experimented with treating them with the NR supplement. It showed that the test subjects exposed to the supplement had milder DNA and neuronal damage, higher neuroplasticity, and production of new neurons and fatalities.

NR works as a normalizer of a metabolite that plays a significant role in DNA repair and neuronal stress-resistance, according to the study. As Alzheimer’s weakens the brain’s DNA repair function, the research suggested that NR could be a potential cure for the disease.

Exercise for Patients

The NIH study may require further research before taking on a conclusive approach on a new form of treatment. However, it does not mean patients are unable to delay the signs of a poorer cognitive function. UC researchers believe that aerobic exercise may be the best form of physical activity to defer the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

It showed that moderately intense exercise for 45 minutes per day for three times each week provided improve cognitive function for the research subjects. Alzheimer’s patients need special attention whether they are in a nursing facility or senior home care. In Stamford or other cities, family members should consider exercise as an option to delay the signs of the cognitive illness.

An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and their healthcare needs are quite unique. How do you care for a loved one who lives with the disease?