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Souvenaid is a medical nutrition product that contains a unique patented combination of nutrients designed to support synapse formation in early Alzheimer's disease19

Souvenaid - a nutritional approach in early Alzheimer's disease

Souvenaid is a medical nutrition product that contains a unique, patented combination of nutrients designed to support synapse formation. Souvenaid, addresses the specific nutritional requirements of the Alzheimer's disease patient19.

Synapse loss in Alzheimer's disease

Compared to other hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease, synapse loss corrrelates best with impaired memory1-3. Synapses are continuously being remodelled, and synapse formation depends on the production of neuronal membranes, which primarly consist of phospholipds4,5.

Fortasyn Connect™ - providing the nutritional components for synapse formation

The unique combination of nutritional precursors and cofactors in Souvenaid is known under the name Fortasyn Connect. These components work together to enhance phospholipid synthesis via the Kennedy pathway6-16 (Figure 1), and include specific precursors of phosphatidylcholine, the most abundant phospholipid in the brain:

  • Long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) - docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA)
  • Uridine supplied as uridine monophosphate (UMP)
  • Choline

Fortasyn Connect also contains the following cofactors, all of which synergistically enhance bioavailability of the aforementioned three main precursors to enhance phospholipid synthesis:

  • B vitamins
  • Phospholipids
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Selenium

Figure 1: The biochemical pathway for synthesising new neuronal membranes

Adapted from Ritchie CW et al (2014)

The increased phospholipid synthesis supports the formation of neuronal membranes9. Preclinical models combining these nutritional precursors have demonstrated neurite outgrowth, increased dendritic spines density, increased levels of pre- and post-synaptic proteins, and improved learning6,8,12-13,17-18.

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Souvenaid is a Food for Special Medical Purposes for the dietary management of early Alzheimer's disease and must be used under medical supervision.

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