Researchers at St Louis University have begun a study to determine if the effects of Alzheimer's care could be enhanced if patients were given a drink that included nutritional supplements in addition to their
Alzheimer's medications, according to HealthNewsDigest.com.
The drink comes in strawberry and vanilla flavors, and is served in a cardboard juice-box container.
"The extra active ingredients added to the nutritional drink include specific fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, which are important building blocks for the brain," Dr John Morley, director of the division of geriatrics at Saint Louis University, told the news source." We believe the risk of side effects is very small in this nutrition-based approach to treating Alzheimers disease.
Though researchers are seeking to determine if there is a direct correlation between nutrition and the effectiveness of Alzheimer's care, many patients with the condition might benefit from the drink, as the National Institute of Health reports that those who are afflicted with the disease often lose weight and suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies.