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Carnosine and Dyslexia Research

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Dyslexia Research 

According to new research, dyslexics struggle to read because even small visual or auditory distractions can throw them off.  Children with dyslexia don't filter incoming information well.  This results in their having trouble creating mental categories to identify letters and word sounds.  

This research was published in the January 2007 issue of Psychological Science.   Studies were carried out by by neuroscientist Zhong-Lin Lu, at the University of Southern California, researcher Anne Sperling of the National Institutes of Health, psychologist Franklin Manis of University of Southern California, and  department and  psychologist Mark Seidenberg of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

USC College professors Zhong-Lin Lu (above) and Frank Manis (below) are part of a research team that has developed a new model of dyslexia.

These researchers theorize that deficit in noise exclusion may come from abnormally low levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps the brain to filter out irrelevant information.  L-Carnosine, which has been shown to stimulate the production of GABA and protect areas of the brain that protect GABA, may be of benefit. 

Autism Coach has received reports from dyslexic adults and the parents of dyslexic children using Liquid Carnosine Plus of  reduction in symptoms, a feeling of well-being, calmness, and greater focus after having taken the supplement for 2-3 weeks. 

Dyslexia affects millions of people, from 5 to 15 percent of the U.S. population.  The symptoms of dyslexia include difficulty with word recognition, directional ability and decoding  symbols.

Dr. Anne Sperling said people with dyslexia appear to have shaky mental categories for the essential sounds that make up language.  

“It’s harder to make a [language] task automatic when your categories are fuzzier than they ought to be to begin with,” she said.  “In terms of treatment, the results suggest that programs that foster the development of sharper perceptual categories for letters and letter sounds might be a good way to supplement existing dyslexia interventions,” she added.

The team’s latest study builds on results they published last year in Nature Neuroscience.  The same authors previously showed that poor readers also have trouble figuring out categories in simple card games.

Other recent studies support their theory.  Johannes Ziegler of the Universite de Provence in Marseille, lead author on a study of dyslexia and auditory noise published this year in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said his results suggest that dyslexia stems from shaky categories for the basic sounds of language (phonemes).

“In silence, information is often redundant and dyslexics get away with the perception deficit,” Ziegler said in an e-mail. “In noise, however, they can no longer compensate.

“What is important is that noisy environments are the rule and not the exception,” he added, citing a study from South Bank University in the U.K. that found average noise levels in primary classrooms to be as high as near a busy intersection.

“What Sperling and Lu’s data suggest is that the mechanism responsible for faulty phonological development is quite general and has to do with attention in a broad sense .…

Lu said there is a “lot of evidence” of learning problems from background noise. In one such study, Manis and a collaborator from UCLA found that children with dyslexia struggled to discriminate similar sounds, like “spy” and “sky,” because they weighed irrelevant differences in sounds equally with key distinctions.

Manis also cited research from Finland and the United States showing that infants with dyslexic parents lag behind their peers in forming categories for speech sounds.

Lu and his collaborators believe their studies disprove the old theory of dyslexia, which theorized that dyslexia was caused by  a deficit in processing quickly incoming sounds and visual information.   Lu and his colleagues found that the the  pathway for processing quickly incoming sounds and visual information works normally both in children and adults with dyslexia  — as long as visual or auditory background noise is low.  However, as visual distractions and background noise increases, dyslexics begin to score poorly on visual pattern tests - even when the task only requires slow processing.

These new findings bring a better understanding of and the promise of improved treatments for dyslexia.
Carnosine and Other Learning and Neurological Disorders

Because Carnosine promotes calming neurotransmitters that  prevent over-firing of the nerves, binds to receptor sites on nerves that would otherwise become over-excited, and helps scavenge and eliminate cellular debris, Carnosine is proving to be of nutritional support for a variety of conditions including learning disabilities, aging-related conditions, and neurological conditions. 

There is also a study currently taking place in the the use of Carnosine for individuals with schizophrenia and bi-polar conditions - initial results appear to be promising.  We have also had received feedback from individuals suffering from depression indicating improved mood, when using Liquid Carnosine Plus in combination with our methylated B Vitamin complexes, which include liquids and capsules.