The daily supplement with ‘huge promise’ for an aging population that can boost brain function in over-60s in just 12 weeks

  • Pill users fared better in a test that provides an early marker for Alzheimer’s disease

Taking a daily fiber supplement can improve brain function in people over 60 in just 12 weeks, a study has found.

According to researchers at King’s College London, the pills may improve performance on memory tests linked to early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Mary Ni Lochlainn said she is ‘excited to see these changes in just twelve weeks’, adding: ‘This holds enormous promise for improving brain health and memory in our aging population.

‘Unlocking the secrets of the gut-brain axis could provide new approaches to living healthier longer.’

The study, published in Nature Communications, tested two plant fiber supplements – inulin and FOS – that help healthy bacteria grow in the gut. The pills were given to half of the 36 twins, while the others received a placebo.

Taking a daily fiber supplement can improve brain function in people over 60 in just 12 weeks, a study shows (Stock Photo)

Dr.  Mary Ni Lochlainn said she is 'excited to see these changes in just 12 weeks', adding: 'This holds enormous promise for improving brain health and memory in our aging population' ( Stock Photo)

Dr. Mary Ni Lochlainn said she is ‘excited to see these changes in just 12 weeks’, adding: ‘This holds enormous promise for improving brain health and memory in our aging population’ ( Stock Photo)

According to researchers at King's College London, the pills may improve performance on memory tests linked to early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

According to researchers at King’s College London, the pills may improve performance on memory tests linked to early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Those who took the pills did better on a Paired Associates Learning test, an early marker for Alzheimer’s disease, and tests of reaction time and processing speed.

Professor Claire Steves said the pills, which are cheap and available without a prescription, “could benefit a wide range of people in these times of cash shortage.”

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