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Freeze-dried silkworms help prevent, treat Alzheimer's disease Updated: 2019-10-14 10:14:16 KST

A fully grown silkworm is rich in proteins, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids and other things that your body needs.
Korean researchers made powder using freeze-dried mature silkworms and gave it to mice with Alzheimer's DNA.
In the mice that were treated with the powder, the Alzheimer's disease didn't worsen.
They had much better spatial memory and postural control.
The mice were also more curious, less aggressive and got along better with other mice.

"In mice with Alzheimer's disease, we found that the treatment improved memory and increased sociability and curiosity for new things."

The researchers say eating about three to five grams of silkworm powder a day can help prevent healthy people from getting Alzheimer's disease.

"The demand for mature silkworm is expected to rise with its confirmed effects for Alzheimer's prevention. We will do our best to expand the number of farms with production techniques."

In 2018, about ten percent of people aged 65 and over were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in Korea.
The study is expected to draw lots of attention amid the need for new ways to prevent and treat Alzheimer's.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.
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