Diet fix eases Huntington’s symptoms in mice

Dietary supplement improves health of rodents with mutation that causes neurodegeneration

By Laura Sanders, 16:53 PM March 26, 2014

Huntington’s disease robs a person of a healthy mind and body. A simple dietary fix may guard against the theft, which currently can’t be stopped or slowed with treatments, a study suggests. Mice carrying a mutation similar to that in people with Huntington’s disease showed improvements after eating a diet rich in cysteine, a simple amino acid commercially available as a dietary supplement, scientists report March 26 in Nature.

 

The mice with the mutation had reduced levels of an enzyme that m...

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