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Medical BDNF an IQ increaser?

  1. Feb 16, 2009 #1
    Hello, I came across this article about brain-derived neurotrophic factor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain-derived_neurotrophic_factor" [Broken] and I was wondering if this would have any positive effects on your brain and possibly increase your actual brain structure and therefore your IQ potential.

    I do not think there is any medical research on this but I would like to know if there is even any theoretical benefit, (e.g. based on your understanding of what BNDF does at a cellular level, would you expect it to grow more neurons or improve brain structure and therefore improve IQ)?

    But, also of importance is how you would need to administer BNDF to get this effect. Could you just eat it? Or take it intravenously, or would you need to do something ridiculous like inject it into the brain for it to have any effect?

    I then did a search for NGF and came across this: http://www.vrp.com/ProductPage.aspx?ProdID=2190" [Broken] and I was wondering if you would expect this to actually improve brain structure like it says.

    Thanks for any replys.
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  3. Feb 16, 2009 #2
    Res Dev Disabil. 2006 Nov-Dec;27(6):599-604. Epub 2006 Apr 18.Click here to read Links
    The effect of acetyl-L-carnitine administration on persons with Down syndrome.
    Pueschel SM.

    Child Development Center, Department of Pediatrics, Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI, USA. sigpueschel@aol.com

    Since previous investigations reported improvements in cognition of patients with dementia after acetyl-L-carnitine therapy and since there is an increased risk for persons with Down syndrome to develop Alzheimer disease, this study was designed to investigate the effect of acetyl-L-carnitine administration on neurological, intellectual, and social functions in adults with Down syndrome. In this double-blind study we enrolled 40 individuals with Down syndrome and administered acetyl-L-carnitine to the study group during a six months period. Specified examinations and psychological tests were given to persons in both the study and control groups at the start of the investigation and at 3, 6, and 9 months. A detailed analysis of the data revealed that acetyl-L-carnitine administration did not enhance central nervous system functions and that it did not benefit persons with Down syndrome.

    PMID: 16621446 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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