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Dietary supplement shows promise for slowing memory loss

Created date

June 25th, 2013

A recent study has shown that a common nutrient available on store shelves may help slow memory decline in older adults. It s called citicoline, a naturally occurring brain chemical. Citicoline was first developed in Japan for use in stroke treatment and then became available by prescription in some European countries. Today, it is sold as a dietary supplement in the U.S.

Improved memory scores

In the study, published in the journalClinical Interventions in Aging, researchers found that people with mild memory loss were able to improve their memory scores after taking citicoline. Participants who didn t take citicoline, however, fared significantly worse on the same tests. Because citicoline is a dietary supplement, it is not subject to the same stringent FDA rules that apply to medicines. That means the amount and quality of the chemical can vary greatly from bottle to bottle. In addition, side effects have been reported, including insomnia, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, and chest pain. It is unknown whether or not citicoline can interact with other medications or if it is safe long-term for people with health conditions. Before taking dietary supplements, consult with your doctor.