Jellyfish Protein May Improve Memory, Cognition

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2010-07-19 01:25

What do jellyfish and your brain have in common? Scientists at the 2010 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Honolulu report that the jellyfish protein apoaequorin may improve cognitive function in people who have memory problems.

Previous research shows that proteins that bind with calcium are essential for the proper functioning of the human brain. Experts also know that levels of these calcium-binding proteins decline with age as well as in individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, these proteins help protect the neurons in the brain and brain function.

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In a recent randomized, placebo-controlled study commissioned by Quincy BioScience, scientists administered either apoaequorin or placebo to 35 adults (average age, 61 years) who had memory concerns. After 60 days, the adults who had taken the jellyfish protein showed a 14 percent improvement in cognitive testing scores when compared with those who took placebo.

According to Mark Underwood, president and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience, the jellyfish proteins “work by buffering intracellular calcium and slowing down a variety of events that can lead to neurotoxicity,” which can result in cognitive decline, including memory loss.

Bioscience, which recently announced a successful application for patent protection on the jellyfish-derived protein, also plans to conduct further research to develop pharmaceutical products for specific diseases related to calcium imbalance, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions that involve memory problems. The company is planning a future trial to include diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients.

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So, the claim is that a 22 kDa protein can be taken orally, will resist digestion and be absorbed whole, enter the bloodstream, and cross the blood-brain barrier, where it binds calcium. Would someone knowledgeable please comment on the likelihood of all this occurring.
Well, if phosphatidy Serine crossed the blood brain barrier then maybe this will as well. The problem with phosphatidy Serine is that you become over confident and don't bother with new information but you most definitely retain all previous and current information. I would like to try it and see how it works.
I will be 70 years old next week (1st year of the "boomers") and beginning to spot age-related memory loss. But I have not been diagnosed with Alzheimers (thank GOD)

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