Memory Health, a Birmingham-based memory supplement company, announced its supplement has been issued a third patent for its role in the treatment — and possible prevention — of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in humans.
The product has not been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“This is real science for real people and backed by independent clinical research trials conducted by some of the world’s leading research teams,” says Edward Shehab, co-founder and managing partner of Memory Health. “We now have three patents that support the efficacy of this supplement.”
On June 15, the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland granted the patent, making it the only supplement patented specifically for the prevention and/or treatment of a neurodegenerative disease. The supplement was developed following more than two decades of research on supplemental carotenoids.
The supplement contains all-natural active ingredients, including the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in orange foods and leafy green vegetables essential for brain health. Much about meso-zeaxanthin is relatively understudied, but what is known shows a growing body of evidence to suggest it can increase macular pigment density and cognitive function.
It also contains omega-3s and vitamin E, both known to support brain health. Memory Health supplements contain 500mg DHA and 150mg EPA. These are essential fatty acids required for rebuilding new cells, often referred to as the building blocks for healthy cell membranes. These cell membranes support for the brain connections that support healthy cognitive function.
Vitamin E also has strong antioxidant properties that protect against damage to the brain caused by free radicals, such exposure to ultraviolet radiation, and can be found in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.
The formula has been tested and found to cross the blood-brain barrier to deliver the nutrients directly to the brain, something most supplements do not achieve.
“Most supplements in our category are awarded formula patents. All that means is that these are the ingredients in our product’s formula,” says Shehab. “Memory Health has now been awarded three patents specifically for its role as an effective tool for improving and protecting brain health, including forms of dementia. Not all patents, or supplements for that matter, are the same. Consumers need to know.”