Scientists at the Institute for Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research in Texas wanted to know whether a memory supplement combination of coenzyme Q10 and alpha-tocopherol could improve functioning of the brain of aged mice. If they found that this memory supplement combination worked, then it could give clues about what to do with humans that were experiencing Alzheimer’s disease.
The mice received either 123 mg CoQ10 / kg / day or 200 mg alpha-tocopherol acetate /kg / day or both in soybean oil. Three weeks later, the mice were tested for psychomotor function, learning ability and memory ability.
Interestingly, the mice didn’t improve their learning when they consumed only CoQ10 or vitamin E on its own. It was only when both were consumed together that they saw results in learning and memory. However, there weren’t any improvements seen in psychomotor function.
They concluded that those with age-related learning deficits should receive memory supplements of coQ10 AND vitamin E, not just vitamin E or CoQ10 by itself.
This is a good lesson for us if we are supplementing our diet with nutritional supplements including a memory supplement. The greater the ability of the supplement to provide vitamins and mineral that work together, the potentially better results will be experienced.
Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E work together in the body. But when it comes to learning and memory, there are many different vitamins, minerals, herbs, and food constituents that can create a synergistic effect in the brain, resulting in higher brain performance.
Only when the researchers figure this out and determine that the only way to foster a monumental improvement in people with Alzheimer’s disease is to customize the nutritional needs for each individual patient will they see gains that should be applauded.