Alzheimer’s Studies: Natural Treatments Are Shown To Be Effective

A treatment for Alzheimer's Disease causes great happiness. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Multiple studies have been conducted to show the effectiveness of natural treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Would you try anything to help a loved one who is suffering from one of these troubling diseases? Alzheimer’s Association reports that scientific research by the FDA is not required for “medical foods,” herbal remedies or dietary supplements.

Although these natural treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease have many positive testimonials, some may be hesitant to try something that is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for multiple reasons. For one, the safety is not known, nor is the effectiveness of the treatment. Secondly, the FDA doesn’t have any control over the ingredients used in the production of supplements. Thirdly, some supplements can have interactions with prescribed drugs, therefore it is very important to consult with a doctor when planning to use natural treatments along with prescribed medications for Alzheimer’s Disease.

What kind of natural supplements are shown to reduce, delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia? Like the clinically-tested drug, Ketasyn, Axona is known as a “medical food” and is a mixture of caprylic acid, a fat that is made from coconut oil. Ketasyn has been tested in 152 volunteers who have some form of Alzheimer’s disease and has been shown to increase memory and overall function.

Although the manufacturer of Ketasyn has decided not to complete the third phase required by the FDA, they otherwise chose to promote Axona. Another source of caprylic acid is coconut oil, which is a less expensive alternative to Axona; although, coconut oil has never been scientifically proven to help Alzheimer’s patients.

Coral calcium supplements have been said to completely cure Alzheimer’s, as well as other serious diseases and cancer. However, the FDA has filed many complaints against the manufacturers of Coral stating that it is unlawful to claim such unsupported information when there is no scientific evidence to back it up.

Phosphatidylserine is also thought to slow down nerve cell degeneration, which is a problem in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies show promising results when tested on cows; however, once again, the FDA concluded that there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that Phosphatidylserine reduces the risk of dementia.

Dr. Mercola reports that an Indian herb called “Ashwagandha” may cure Alzheimer’s Disease completely. Also known as Winter Cherry and Indian Ginsing, Ashwagandha was researched by the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) and studies show it may reverse memory loss and improve brain activity. Without directly impacting the brain, Ashwagandha boosts a liver protein that ultimately clears amyloid from the brain by entering the bloodstream.

Curative properties of ginseng make it among the most popular of herbs. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Curative properties of ginseng make it among the most popular of herbs. [Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images]

Healthline states that a study by Dutch researchers recently found Omega-3 Acids reduce cognitive impairment and can potentially be an alternative treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dementia is the early form of Alzheimer’s Disease. There are natural remedies to treat Dementia before it becomes more advanced. Earth Clinic announces that Vitamin B-12 can contribute to a better overall cognitive function, as it restores the brain’s nerve passageways. Earth Clinic also reports that Cinnamon Extract can also assist in improving cognitive function by improving blood flow to the brain.

Ginkgo Biloba is an herb that reportedly serves as a memory aid and protects brain neurons. A study completed in Switzerland shows that giving it to Alzheimer’s patients, regardless of the severity, would improve cognitive activity.

 Ginkgo biloba is shown in capsule form. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Ginkgo Biloba is shown in capsule form. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Dr. Murray details the benefits of Ginkgo Biloba.

“In my clinical experience, I witnessed tremendous improvements in mental function and mood in patients with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease who I treated with natural medicines, particularly Ginkgo biloba extract. However, I cannot say the same for patients with more advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The sooner treatment with natural measures can be started, the better the results.”

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