Our health is directly linked to what we put into our bodies, but can we prevent, treat and cure disease with certain foods and supplements?
With Alzheimer’s disease accounting for 60-80% of all Dementia cases it’s no wonder people are starting to turn to alternative treatments.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a horrible degenerating disease that affects memory, thinking and behaviour. This disease usually starts in older people (65 years), but there have been cases of younger people displaying early symptoms of the disease. Symptoms slowly progress until eventually the disease begins to interfere with everyday life. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, symptoms may start with slight memory loss but eventually the patient can no longer hold a conversation or perform normal daily tasks. Unfortunately there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s and is currently the 6th leading cause of death in the United States with people living for an average of 8years after the disease becomes noticeable to others although survival can be anywhere between 4-20 years depending on treatment, age and health.
With no known cure for Alzheimer’s many people are turning to supplements and alternative treatments to help stave off the disease for as long as possible.
The following supplements are showing the greatest benefit for those who wish to slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s or who are looking for preventive measures.
Studies have shown that L-carnitine may help to slow the rate of mental decline in those with early Alzheimer’s disease. L-carnitine may also help to improve several aspects of brain function including mitochondrial function, activity of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and possibly cognition.
- Vitamin C and E
Studies have shown that a diet rich in vitamin C and E is linked to a 20-25% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D can help to protect our brains and studies have shown that people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have degenerative brain disease as they age. Memantine used along with vitamin D supplementation can increase the cognitive score of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
- B6,B12 and B9
The B vitamins have shown to starve of the mental decline of older people, especially those with high homocysteine levels. The B vitamins can also slow cognitive decline in people with mild cognitive problems.
Magnesium is important for our brain function and most of us can get enough through proper diet, but research suggests that taking a magnesium supplement can help to promote cognition and to prevent cognitive decline. Magnesium supplements are safe for most people, although they can pose a risk for those on certain medications.
All in all,
Although these supplements are not a cure, they are helping many patients with this cruel disease on a daily basis. By slowing down the symptoms patients can expect to live a longer happier life. Until we can find a cure, supplements are your brains best bet.