Gerbils fed with choline found in eggs, uridine monophosphate (UMP) found in beets and/or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in fish oils showed cognitive improvements in tasks such as navigating mazes. Biochemical evidence was found of more than the usual amount of brain synapse activity. “I hope human brains will, like those of experimental animals, respond to this kind of treatment by making more brain synapses and thus restoring cognitive abilities,” said Richard Wurtman, MD, senior researcher on the project.

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