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Alzheimer's

The following information is excerts from Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D.'s book: Mind Boosters: A Guide to Natural Supplements that Enhance Your Mind, Memory, and Mood. To achieve the full benefits of his recommendations, we urge you to read his book completely. Also, please read our disclaimer before preceding further.

Supplements for Alzheimer's Disease

The actual causes of Alzheimer's Disease is still unknown to scientists, but the following tips have been known to help.

1. Improving mood by using herbs and nutrients.

2. Making sure brain cells get enough blood.

3. Using antioxidants.

4. Using DHEA, estrogen, and testosterone for hormone therapies.

5. Lowering homocysteine levels with therapy with B vitamins.

6. Using pharmaceutical drugs to block the breakdown of acetylylcholine.

7. Providing acetylcholine precursors.

8. Using agents such as ibuprofen or aspirin to provide anti-inflammatory.

9. Doing light therapy, and changing sleeping patterns.

10. Using CoQ10 and Acetyl-L-Carnitine to enhancing cellular energy.

Now the following is an explanation of the probable benefits of the above.

  • Mood Improvement- Many people that have Alzheimer's suffer from anything from low mood to severe depression. St. John's Wort, B vitamins, or methyl-donors can help raise mood.
  • Improving Blood Circulation- Taking 40 mg of the herb ginkgo biloba and siberian gensing hardens the arteries, which improves blood circulation to the brain. Aspirin and vinopcetine (anherbal extract) improve blood circulation also.
  • Antioxidant Therapy- Antioxidants protect brain cells. This is necessary, because patients with Alzheimer's are afflicted with amyloidosis, which results when protein fragments collect around brain cells. When these fragments continue to collect the brain degenerates.
  • Improving Energy Production- Lipoic Acid and CoQ10 help brain cells produce energy.
  • Vitamin B Therapy- Alzheimer's patients have high levels of homocysteine , which can be blocked by the vitamins B-6 and B-12 , TMG and SAM-e may also possibly help.
  • Blocking the Breakdown of Acetylcholine- Acetylcholine is the brain chemical connected with leaning and memory. Two drugs that especially help to block the breakdown of acetylcholine. They are tacrine (Cognex) and donezepil (Aricept). Tacrine may induce liver damage. Huperzine A, a Chinese herbal extract has been known to work better than tacrine.
  • Providing Acetylcholine Precursors- Alzheimer's patients have low levels of the brain chemical Choline, acetylcholine, DMAE, CDP-choline, and lecithin, although not often helpful, sometimes improves mental performance.
  • Providing Anti-inflammatory Agents- Most Alzheimer's patients have clumps of dead and damaged nerve cells in their brain, called neurofibrillary tangles. Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's, but there are serious risks in taking these regularly. Fish oil helps reduce inflammation, without the risks.
  • Light Therapy- Sleep patterns, temperature, alertness, and hormone production can all be affected by disturbances in circadian rhythm which people with Alzheimer's suffer from. To help correct that, patients could be exposed to sunlight or bright lights for half an hour. This helps sleeping patterns and could assist in regulating the circadian cycles. An occasional dose of .3 to 1 mg of melatonin helps you to sleep deeper and reset the circadian rhythm. To be taken one or two hours before bedtime.
  • Improving Brain-Cell Membranes- Patients with Alzheimer's lose polyunsaturated fatty acids as they get older. This could cause changes in the disease. Fish oils, antioxidants, and phospholipids can help correct this.

Conclusion- While these things may help, be extra careful while combining nutrients, and do not use all at once. Start at low doses, eventually adding other nutrients. Do not combine gingko, vinpocetine, fish oils, and aspirin using high doses. It is hard to determine effects on patients when a lot of nutrients are combined.

If you liked Dr. Sahelian's recommendations, we urge you to read his entire book: Mind Boosters: A Guide to Natural Supplements that Enhance Your Mind, Memory, and Mood. It is avialable at most book stores and at Amazon.com.

Recent research has also suggested that 2 TBL virgin coconut oil taken daily can reverse some of the symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer Disorder. It is supposed to be absorbed like glucose in the brain help giving the brain the energy that it needs. We hope that this information is helpful.

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