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Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease
Natural Remedies and Frequently Asked Questions


Introduction to Dementia

It was Dr. Alois Alzheimer who first identified this condition in 1906.
This condition is defined as a loss of intellectual capacity resulting from the loss or damage to the neurons found in the hippocampus part of the brain.


Table of Contents


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Natural Remedies

For details, comments and recommended doses to use, see  Natural Remedies for Dementia.
 
Natural Remedy What experts say about them
Ginkgo biloba leaf plant logo natural remedies review (What's this?)
Acetyl-L-Carnitine leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Phosphatidylserine leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Ginseng
(Panax ginseng)
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Huperzine A leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Blueberries leaf plant logo natural remedies review 
Idebenone leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Lemon Balm leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Sage
(Salvia officinalis)
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Vinpocetine leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Coenzyme Q10 leaf plant logo natural remedies review 
Bacopa leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Pycnogenol
(Pinus pinaster)
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Ashwaganda leaf plant logo natural remedies review 
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil) Helpful
Garlic Helpful
NADH
(Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydrate)
Probably not effective
Lecithin Probably not effective
DMAE (2-dimethylaminoethanol) Probably not effective
DHEA Probably not effective
Periwinkle May be toxic

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Vitamins & Minerals

For details, comments and recommended doses to use, see Vitamins for Dementia.
 
Vitamins & Minerals What experts say about them
Vitamin E leaf plant logo natural remedies review 
Niacin/Niacinamide
(Vitamin B3)
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Vitamin C
(Ascorbic acid)
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Thiamin
(Vitamin B1)
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Zinc leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Vitamin B12 leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Folic Acid leaf plant logo natural remedies review
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Boron leaf plant logo natural remedies review
Selenium Helpful
Pyridoxine
(Vitamin B6)
Probably not effective

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Some statistics on dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia accounting for 70% of all cases. It is a progressive disease that starts in the fourth to fifth decade of life.

Here are some sad statistics on this condition. It is estimated to affect over 5 million people in the United States alone. Experts believe that over 50% of the people over the age of 85 suffer from some amount of dementia.

How are we going to treat it naturally?

Since experts are not sure exactly what causes dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, it makes sense to try using natural remedies to reduce the risk of developing this unfortunate condition.

We also suggest maintaining a health diet, exercising regularly and engaging in mental exercises and games (such as crossword puzzles, playing chess, etc...)

Many products marketed to help treat memory problems contain one or more of the products listed below. Many of these herbs have clinical studies to back up their claims of effectiveness.

What are some symptoms of dementia?

Symptoms initially starts off with being forgetful, memory loss, leading to thought and speech problems, ultimately leading to complete helplessness and death.

People suffering from dementia may experience confusion, disorientation
mood swings, anger, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, paranoia and inappropriate comments and behaviours.

What are some known and unknown causes of dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

Currently, the cause of dementia and Alzheimer's disease is unknown. There are many theories including nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins and consuming large quantity of aspartame that may cause this condition.

What is known is that the nerve cells gets tangled and cannot properly transmit signals. Also, a protein-like substance called beta-amyloid gets deposited in the nerve cells, further damaging them. This is characteristic of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Other causes include stroke causing part of the brain tissue to die and reducing blood flow and oxygen for the brain because of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

A person with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease seems to be at high risk of developing this condition as they age. This suggests a genetic factor is responsible as well.

Aluminum exposure has been suggested to cause Alzheimer's disease from analysis of those who died with the disease. This is not proven.

Mercury, a toxic heavy metal, is also implicated in causing Alzheimer's disease. This could come from eating fish and seafood contaminated with mercury or from dental amalgams containing mercury.

Other scientists suggest some kind of an autoimmune disease where our own immune system attacks the nerve cells and damage them.

There is currently no blood or lab test available for detecting this health conditoin. It is determined by ruling out all other possible causes and evaluating of the symptoms displayed by the person.


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