Exposure to the environmental toxin BMAA may elevate the risk of ALS. BMAA is produced by cyanobacteria, a blue-green alga that commonly occurs in marine ecosystems and accumulates in shellfish, sharks, and other sea-life. Those most reliant on sea-foods for their food source may be most at risk.
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Researchers have discovered a neurotoxin linked to a range of neurodegenerative diseases in Lake Winnipeg. The neurotoxin, BMAA, is found in high concentration in Cyanobacteria during periods of bloom.
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Researchers find the amino acid, BMAA, can be inserted into neuroproteins. This causes them to misfold and aggregate. BMAA has been detected in the brains of those with ALS.