14th December 03:48
supplements and herbs are helpful in the treatment of Alzheimers Disease (asthma neurotransmitters fat)
Description: A brain disorder that occurs in the later years of life,
causing memory loss and difficulty with day-to-day functioning.
Cause: Unknown, but aluminum ac***ulation in the brain is suspected.
Useful Supplements: Phosphatidylserine, Vitamin E, DMAE, Coenzyme Q10.
Useful Herbs: Asian ginseng, Gingko biloba.
Further information: Alzheimer’s Disease is a debilitative
condition most often occurring in later life. It consists of
deterioration of mental function resulting from changes in brain
tissue. It occurs in approximately 1 in 1,000 people, with women
affected more often than men. Symptoms can include loss of memory,
difficulty naming objects, wandering attention, disorientation, and
decreased ability to care for oneself. While the cause of
Alzheimer’s is unknown, aluminum ac***ulation is a suspected
cause. Another possible cause is high levels of dietary fat.
Several supplements and herbs have been shown to slow or temporarily
reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s:
Acetyl-L-carnitine, which is used by the brain in the production of
neurotransmitters, has been shown to delay the progression of
Alzheimer’s. Taken in a dose of 1 gram three times daily, it can
both cause short-term improvement and long-term slowing of the
disease. In addition to slowing the disease’s progression,
acetyl-L-carnitine also appears to improve memory and improve overall
ability to function.
Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to increase mitochondrial functioning.
When used with Iron and Vitamin B6, it has been shown to help prevent
the progression of Alzheimer’s for up to two and one half years.
DMAE is believed to increase levels of brain neurotransmitters. In one
study, DMAE given in 600 mg doses three times daily produced some
positive behavioral changes in senile patients. Another study,
however, did not show these positive results, so the exact nature of
DMAE’s effect on Alzheimer’s patients is still uncertain.
Phosphatidylserine is a lecithin-like compound which is present in the
brain. It is needed for nerve transmission and its presence appears to
increase the number of neurotransmitter receptor sites in the brain.
Taken in doses of 100 mg three times daily, it has been shown to help
improve mental function in Alzheimer’s patients.
Vitamin E appears to be the most effective supplement for slowing the
progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. In a two-year double-blind
study, those patients given a 2000 IU dose of Vitamin E daily were
able to perform regular daily tasks for a longer time.
Asian ginseng has been a mainstay of Chinese medicine for centuries,
and has been shown to improve mental performance and memory. It
appears to be especially effective when used in conjunction with
Ginkgo biloba (see below).
Gingko Biloba has been shown in numerous studies to help patients in
the early stages of Alzheimer’s. It appears to increase blood
flow to the brain, allowing the brain to function more easily. It is
often found in conjunction with Asian ginseng.
Supplements and Herbs to Avoid: Some studies have shown that zinc may
speed the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. While another
study have shown the opposite result, it is probably best to consult
with a health professional before taking zinc supplements.