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16.09.2008 – 11:15

DSM Nutritional Products AG

DSM Nutritional Products: Fending off dementia: Beta-Carotene shown to improve memory

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A new scientific study has shown that
consuming beta-carotene over a long period of time may help to
preserve mental fitness by improving how the brain, and more
importantly the memory, works. While it has long been acknowledged
that eating beta-carotene-rich foods or taking supplements of this
antioxidant can help to protect the skin from damaging effects of
sunlight and to protect the eyesight, these new findings suggest a
whole new reason for making it nutritionally essential.
Two sets of experiments in combination - The Physicians Health
Study I and II - demonstrated that beta-carotene had a significant
influence on a range of cognitive performance tests. It was found
that volunteers participating in both studies over many years
performed substantially better in the tests than did those who had
been given beta-carotene for the second study only or who had
received a placebo. This was especially the case with tests relating
to memory.
Manfred Eggersdorfer, Senior Vice President Research &
Development, DSM Nutritional Products, a leading producer of
beta-carotene, comments: "These findings show that consuming
beta-carotene over a long period may have a very beneficial effect on
brain health. A nutritionally rich and balanced diet may help
individuals to ward off the onset of dementia."
beta-carotene occurs naturally, and is present in carrots,
tomatoes, and many other green leafy vegetables and fruits. However,
it can also be commercially produced and has an important role to
play in many fortified foods and beverages as well as in dietary
supplements.
Clearly there is a need to look further into the merits of
beta-carotene so as to understand its full potential influence on
memory retention. These results provide a compelling reason to do so.
Forward-looking statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These
statements are based on current expectations, estimates and
projections of DSM and information currently available to the
company. The statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that
are difficult to predict and therefore DSM does not guarantee that
its expectations will be realized. Furthermore, DSM has no obligation
to update the statements contained in this press release. The English
language version of the press release is leading.

Contact:

DSM Nutritional Products
Emma Peyrachon
Tel.: +41/61/815'89'34
Fax: +41/61/815'88'90
E-Mail: emma.peyrachon@dsm.com