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Nutritional drink could have memory benefits for people with Alzheimer’s, study claims

Published 18 July 2012

A nutritional drink could have a beneficial effect on the memory of people with mild Alzheimer’s according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

A 48-week trial of the Souvenaid medical food - produced by yoghurt makers Danone - also indicated that it was safe and well-tolerated by participants.

The trial, which involved 238 people with mild Alzheimer's found that people who took 125ml of Souvenaid a day for 48 weeks had significant improvements in memory score.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'People shouldn't get excited that an off-the-shelf drink is going to transform the lives of people with dementia. While this study showed some benefits for memory, there's no evidence it has any effect on other symptoms such as activities of daily living. It would also cost people a princely sum to stock up on the quantities used in the trials.

'People would be much better off putting the money they would spend on this drink towards gym membership or a few games of tennis. Regular exercise is a far more effective way of reducing cognitive decline. One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. It's vital we continue to fund research into new treatments.'

Professor Clive Ballard

Director of Research

Alzheimer's Society

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Notes to editors:

  • One in three people over 65 will die with dementia
  • Alzheimer's Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer's disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051
  • Alzheimer's Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
  • Alzheimer's Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Alzheimer's Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk
  • Alzheimer's Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0845 300 0336 or visit alzheimers.org.uk