什么是DMAE?

DMAE比其化学名称二甲基氨基乙醇和二甲基乙醇胺要容易得多。The compound is produced in small amounts in the brain thanks to the metabolism of choline, which the body needs for cell structure, and brain and eye health.

DMAE is naturally found in sardines and anchovies, which are also excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, proven to help support brain health.

The compound is often used in supplements to improve brain function and is also included in skincare products for its potential anti-aging properties.

Let’s take a closer look at DMAE.

DMAE Benefits

It’s thought that DMAE may help support brain health, especially in people with Alzheimer’s disease and attention-deficit disorder.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease looked at people who were diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and whether a supplement of DMAE helped improve their symptoms (1). The researchers found that there was no significant improvement in cognitive function between people who took a placebo and those who took DMAE.

In the 1970s, a report found that DMAE produced similar results in children with ADD as did the brand drug, Ritalin (2). There was a prescription drug—Deaner—but it was pulled from the market in 1983. That drug is now Deanol, however there is insufficient scientific evidence to support its use for Alzheimer’s and tardive dyskinesia—involuntary movements in the face.

DMAE is often used in skincare products to help fight aging, including firming up skin and reducing wrinkles.

A report in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology found that DMAE may increase skin firmness and fight inflammation (3).

And a 2009 study published in Pharmazie found that DMAE, when applied directly onto the skin, resulted in increased thickness of the epidermal (outer) and dermal (second) skin layers (4).

Should You Take a DMAE Supplement?

There is very limited evidence on whether supplementation will improve health and result in the proposed skin and cognitive benefits. Your body does make DMAE and it can be found in some foods.

There is also little known about the safety of DMAE. In an animal study—which should always be taken with a grain of salt, it was not a human study—researchers found that DMAE may be linked to neural tube defects in mice embryos, suggesting that pregnant women speak with their doctors before taking this supplement.

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