Improved cognitive-cerebral function in older adults with chromium supplementation

ArticleinNutritional Neuroscience 13(3):116-22 · June 2010with15 Reads
DOI: 10.1179/147683010X12611460764084 · Source: PubMed
Insulin resistance is implicated in the pathophysiological changes associated with Alzheimer's disease, and pharmaceutical treatments that overcome insulin resistance improve memory function in subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer's disease. Chromium (Cr) supplementation improves glucose disposal in patients with insulin resistance and diabetes. We sought to assess whether supplementation with Cr might improve memory and neural function in older adults with cognitive decline. In a placebo-controlled, double-blind trial, we randomly assigned 26 older adults to receive either chromium picolinate (CrPic) or placebo for 12 weeks. Memory and depression were assessed prior to treatment initiation and during the final week of treatment. We also performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans on a subset of subjects. Although learning rate and retention were not enhanced by CrPic supplementation, we observed reduced semantic interference on learning, recall, and recognition memory tasks. In addition, fMRI indicated comparatively increased activation for the CrPic subjects in right thalamic, right temporal, right posterior parietal, and bifrontal regions. These findings suggest that supplementation with CrPic can enhance cognitive inhibitory control and cerebral function in older adults at risk for neurodegeneration.
    • "In matured cultured cerebellar granule neuronal cells, Cr(VI) was shown to induce oxidative stress that further led to apoptosis and rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant , which was shown to rescue the exposed cells from death [14]. On a positive note, Cr(III) supplementation in early Alzheimer's disease has been shown to improve cognitive function in older humans [19]. Conversely, Cr(III) is reported to act as a genotoxic agent by forming DNA adducts and induces mutation in exposed organism/cells [10, 20]. "
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    • "Over decades, it was hypothesized that neurodegeneration in AD is mainly caused by Aβ accumulation, phosphorylated tau aggregation, and/or neuroinflammation. However, recent human and preclinical studies have provided convincing evidence that AD is a degenerative metabolic disease, which is mediated by impairments in brain insulin responsiveness, glucose utilization, and energy metabolism leading to increased oxidative stress, inflammation, and worsening of insulin resistance (Hoyer, 2002Hoyer, , 2004 Schubert et al., 2004; Rivera et al., 2005; Steen et al., 2005; Watson and Craft, 2006; Craft, 2007; Neumann et al., 2008; Krikorian et al., 2010; Luchsinger, 2010; Baker et al., 2011; Talbot et al., 2012; Butterfield et al., 2014a,b; de La Monte, 2014). The accumulating evidence that reduced glucose utilization and deficient energy metabolism occur early in the course of disease, suggests a role for impaired insulin signaling in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases. "
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    • "In adults with mild cognitive impairment, chromium supplementation increased cerebral activation and enhanced performance during various learning, recall, and recognition memory tasks, independent of any changes in peripheral glucose or insulin concentration [80]. Cognitive deficits that contribute to the development and maintenance of obesity and eating disorders are especially pronounced among obese persons with co-morbid binge eating disorder [81] [82]. "
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