Protecting Brain Health Through Nutrition
Stem cells have long been recognized for their regenerative powers and unique ability to grow into a variety of cell types. Neural stem cells perform the essential job of replacing and repairing tissues damaged by injury, inflammation and illness. As we age, these cells lose their protective capabilities, leading to memory loss, neurodegenerative disease and even tumors.
Tufts neuroscientists are conducting the first explorations of nutrition’s role in brain health and pinpointing nutrients, such as antioxidants, that may protect against conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. They have also developed an innovative method for testing specific therapies using “avatars” or surrogates composed of a patient’s own cells.
By supporting Tufts research in nutrition and brain health, you help us to utilize food as a powerful medicine and offer hope to those suffering from neurodegenerative disease. Make a gift today.