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Sat Apr 23 15:23:34 UTC 2005
DMAE, or dimethylaminoethanol, is a compound found in high levels in
anchovies and sardines. Small amounts of it are also naturally produced in
the human brain. Health-food outlets sell it in capsule form to "boost
brain power." It probably won't make you smarter, but some evidence
suggests it may have benefits against the impulsive and disruptive
behaviors caused by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It may
also have a role in treating memory lapses and Alzheimer's disease, as well
as some troubling movement disorders.
The supplement has an interesting history. Initially, drug makers were
interested in selling the product as a medication for attention deficit
disorder when studies in the 1970s showed that deanol, the chemical name
for DMAE, reduced hyperactivity and improved concentration in
schoolchildren with learning disabilities and behavior problems. However,
when further testing was deemed too expensive, it was packaged as a
nutritional supplement, since this substance is naturally found in fish.
Because it steps up production of brain chemicals essential for short-term
memory, concentration, and learning capacity, DMAE may aid in the treatment
of ADHD and other disorders affecting the brain and central nervous system.
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