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Plasmalogens are a specific group of lipids primarily situated within cell membranes. They are pivotal in maintaining overall health while significantly influencing brain function, cardiovascular health, and cellular integrity and impacting inflammation and immunoregulation.

What do plasmalogens do?


Plasmalogens are versatile molecules in the body, critical for:

  1. Nervous System Support: They power nerve functions, heart rhythms, lung respiration, and thinking.

  2. Cell Membrane Integrity: Plasmalogens maintain cell membrane structure.

  3. Cellular Signaling: They participate in vital signaling processes and act as antioxidants.

  4. Omega-9 Function: Plasmalogens optimize functions relying on omega-9 fatty acids, like brain health.

  5. DHA Enhancement: They support functions requiring high DHA levels in the brain; ensuring neurons work effectively, preserving gray matter integrity, and supporting muscle coordination through neuromuscular synaptic function

  6. Neuroprotection: Plasmalogens may help prevent neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Huntington's. 

  7. Cholesterol Transport: They aid in cardiovascular health through reverse cholesterol transport. RCT is a crucial mechanism for maintaining cholesterol homeostasis and reducing the risk of cholesterol buildup in arteries, which can lead to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

  8. Cognitive Benefits: Plasmalogens reduce amyloid formation, improve cognition, mobility, and protect against degenerative conditions.

Plasmalogen Replacement Therapy (PRT)


Plasmalogen Replacement Therapy (PRT) is a cutting-edge medical approach that addresses a range of health conditions associated with deficiencies in plasmalogens, essential lipid molecules found predominantly in cell membranes, particularly in the brain and nervous system.

One of the critical roles of plasmalogens in the human body is to maintain cell membrane integrity and support various cellular functions. When plasmalogen levels are diminished, it can lead to a variety of medical issues, including neurodegenerative diseases, peroxisomal disorders, and cardiovascular disorders.

PRT's primary objective is to restore or supplement plasmalogens in individuals with low levels of these crucial lipids. This is typically achieved through the administration of plasmalogen supplements, which can be derived from natural sources or synthesized in a laboratory setting. A significant advantage of PRT is its ease of administration, often in oral form, making it accessible and convenient for patients.

Research into PRT is ongoing, with clinical trials underway to assess its safety, efficacy, and potential benefits for various conditions linked to plasmalogen deficiency. Preliminary studies have shown promising results, suggesting that PRT may have applications in addressing conditions such as Alzheimer's, autism, multiple sclerosis, peroxisomal disorders, and more. While the field is still evolving, it holds considerable potential for improving the quality of life for individuals affected by these conditions.

It's worth noting that plasmalogens play diverse roles in the body, contributing to vital functions such as supporting the nervous system and organ function, maintaining cellular integrity and signaling, optimizing cellular functions reliant on specific fatty acids like omega-9 and DHA, and even preventing neurodegeneration and aiding in cholesterol transport. These multifaceted roles underscore the importance of plasmalogens in overall health and the potential benefits of PRT in addressing various medical conditions.


In summary, Plasmalogen Replacement Therapy represents a promising avenue in modern medicine, with the potential to improve the lives of individuals with plasmalogen deficiencies and associated health challenges. Ongoing research and clinical trials are expected to provide more insights into the safety and effectiveness of PRT for a wide range of conditions.

References and further reading:

Bozelli, J. C., Jr, & Epand, R. M. (2021). Plasmalogen Replacement Therapy. Membranes, 11(11), 838.

Bozelli JC Jr, Azher S, Epand RM. Plasmalogens and Chronic Inflammatory Diseases. Front Physiol. 2021 Oct 21;12:730829. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.730829. PMID: 34744771; PMCID: PMC8566352.

Baird, G., Cass, H., & Slonims, V. (2003). Diagnosis of autism. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 327(7413), 488–493.

​Élodie Pastural, Shawn Ritchie, Yingshen Lu, Wei Jin, Amir Kavianpour, Khine Khine Su-Myat, Doug Heath, Paul L. Wood, Maura Fisk, Dayan B. Goodenowe, Novel plasma phospholipid biomarkers of autism: Mitochondrial dysfunction as a putative causative mechanism, Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, Volume 81, Issue 4, 2009, Pages 253-264, ISSN 0952-3278,

Goodenowe DB, Haroon J, Kling MA, et al. Targeted Plasmalogen Supplementation: Effects on Blood Plasmalogens, Oxidative Stress Biomarkers, Cognition, and Mobility in Cognitively Impaired Persons. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2022;10:864842. Published 2022 Jul 6. doi:10.3389/fcell.2022.864842

Goodenowe, Dayan & Pastural, Elodie. (2011). The Biochemical Basis of Autistic Behavior and Pathology. 10.5772/18571.


Goodenowe, D. (n.d.). Breaking Alzheimer’s: A 15 Year Crusade to Expose the Cause and Deliver the Cure. 

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