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Spirulina algae ‘can help to combat ALS’

22nd December 2010

A neuroscience research study has discovered that consuming a certain type of nutrient-rich blue-green algae could help to protect against the effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

University of South Florida scientists have conducted a trial among mice in which subjects with ALS were provided with a dietary supplement containing spirulina, an ancient food source used by the Aztec civilisation.

It was found that consumption of the algae was associated with a delay in the onset of motor symptoms, disease progression and motor neuron death.

Dr Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis, assistant professor at the department of neurosurgery and brain repair at USF, said this could represent an advance on currently available treatments, which only relieve symptoms without affecting the underlying disease.

She added: "Further studies showing the diet supplement's effect on the lifespan of symptomatic ALS mice are needed to prove the treatment's effectiveness."

ALS is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease after the US baseball player who was diagnosed with the condition in 1939, with the causes of the condition not fully understood.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800306754-ADNFCR

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