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The study, published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, included 80 people over 65 who suffered from persistent depressive disorder (sometimes called dysthymia), a mild to moderate type of chronic depression. They were treated with either 20 mg of fluoxetine per day or 1,000 mg of acetyl L-carnitine three times per day for seven weeks. Acetyl L-carnitine occurs naturally in the central nervous system and is also a nutritional supplement that has been shown to improve cognitive function in older adults.
A series of tests and questionnaires was used to monitor mood and mental concentration during the study. The results of these tests showed the following:
Although this was a preliminary study and lacked a placebo group, the authors were encouraged by their findings, saying, “The rapidity of clinical response and the efficacy on components of the cognitive-type [symptoms] suggest a therapeutic potential different from that of common antidepressant treatments.”
Acetyl L-carnitne isn’t the only treatment tool that has overlapping effects on mood and mental function. Here are some things to do to preserve mind and mood as you age:
(Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2013;23:1219–25)
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