Natural Cures For Alzheimer's Disease
Are there natural cures for Alzheimer's disease? Is there an alternative medicine that can help or can nutrition and diet do the trick? This page looks at the options.
If you have the early warning signs, see a doctor. An early diagnosis is vitally important.
But Are There Natural Cures for Alzheimer's?
Let's get one thing out of the way first. This is what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site says.
“One thing dietary supplements are not is drugs. A drug, which sometimes can be derived from plants used as traditional medicines, is an article that, among other things, is intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent diseases. Before marketing, drugs must undergo clinical studies to determine their effectiveness, safety, possible interactions with other substances, and appropriate dosages, and FDA must review these data and authorize the drugs' use before they are marketed. FDA does not authorize or test dietary supplements.”
So you can see by definition dietary supplements can't claim they cure anything. Having said that, let's look at what natural remedies, dietary supplements and such like have to offer. Remember also that since food supplements aren't regulated by the FDA it can be a case of “Buyer Beware”.
Vitamin E and C
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that combats the toxic chemicals (free radicals) associated with aging.
A study was done giving 2000 IUs (international units) of vitamin E to patients with moderate Alzheimer's disease. Admission into a nursing home was delayed by an average seven months compared to patients taking the placebo.
Vitamin C was only useful for AD when used with Vitamin E.
The two vitamins are also useful as a preventative measure. Supplements of 400 IU per day reduced the rate of cognitive decline by 36% in a study. Vitamins E and C from food reduced the risk of developing AD by 20%.
The B vitamins are essential for the functioning of the nervous system and they help the brain synthesize neurotransmitters that affect mood and thinking. Deficiencies of B12 and folate are known to cause cognitive impairment or dementia, as well as coronary heart disease.
Patients who have a folate deficiency have shown improvements in memory and attention when they have been treated with folate for as little as 60 days.
It has been shown that a deficiency of B6, B12 and folic acid can lead to a deficiency of SAMe which can cause depression, dementia or a degeneration of the nerves.
The B vitamins work together and should be taken together. They are not well supplied in the typical American diet.
Remember to always discuss natural treatments and dietary supplements with your doctor to ensure they are safe and don't affect other treatment.
More Info: About the best Alzheimer's book I've come across for natural treatments of Alzheimer's is Frank Mangano's The Mind Killer Defense. It's a downloadable e-book that is quite cheaply priced.
Frank Mangano is a medical researcher and he gives a lot of information on nutrients, vitamins, minerals, exercise, and a whole lot more in the way of a natural treatment for Alzheimer's.