Medical Food Could Help Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Saint Louis University researchers are studying a medical food to help treat Alzheimer’s Disease.

Lead researcher Dr. George Grossberg says the medical food is a natural substance taken like a milkshake each day in the morning.

“The substance is converted into what’s called ketone bodies,” he says. “And the ketone bodies in the brain serve as an alternate source of energy or fuel for neurons or brain cells, which ordinarily use glucose for energy. But, there’s not enough of that in Alzheimer’s disease, so this is meant to take the place of glucose and power the neurons or the brain cells.”

SLU hopes to enroll 12 participants for this trial and is the only study center in the St. Louis area.

Alzheimer's Food

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