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Natural Remedies for Dementia


What are some effective natural remedies for dementia treatment?

Below is a detailed list of natural remedies, vitamins and minerals that have research studies to support their claims of effectiveness. These supplement can be used in combination with vitamins for dementia.

These supplements can be helpful in treating mild dementia. More several cases may require the use of prescription medications.

If you are looking for some commonly asked questions about this debilitating health condition, see our article entitled Dementia.


Natural Remedies for Dementia

For just a quick list, see our artitle entitled Dementia.
 
Natural Remedy What experts say about these natural remedies for dementia
Ginkgo biloba

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This herb is a standard treatment option used in Germany. This is one of the best natural remedies for dementia treatment to use.

See Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba for the full review.

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This supplement improves memory function, behaviour and slows down the progression of the disease. This claim is backed up by clinical research studies.

Dose: Take 500 to 1,000 mg three times daily. Dosage up to 4,000 mg daily has been used in research studies.
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This supplement is shown in research studies to significantly improve memory and behaviour problems. It is believed to increase acetylcholine levels in the brain. The results show up between 6 and 12 weeks of use.

However, the animal sourced (bovine) formulation is shown to be effective while the plant sourced (soy) didn't seem to have any benefits.

Dose: Take 100 mg three times daily.
Ginseng
(Panax ginseng)

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Ginseng has been shown to be helpful in improving memory. See Benefits of Ginseng for the full discussion on this popular Chinese herb.

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Blueberries

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One study showed that older adults given blueberries performed better in memory test and tasks involving learning.

Experts suspected that the health benefits came from the potent anthocyanins chemical known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Dose: Drink wild blueberry juice daily.

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Clinical studies done show that idebenone can slow down memory loss in those suffering from moderately severe Alzheimer's disease.

Dose: Take 90 to 120 mg taken up to three times daily.
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In several clinical studies, lemon balm was helpful in improving memory function and lowering agitation of those suffering from mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Dose: Take 60 drops of a 1:1 alcohol extract once daily or use 1 to 5 grams of the leaf as a tea or infusion and drink up to three times daily.
Sage
(Salvia officinalis)
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Studies show that taking sage improves the memory loss problem of those suffering from mild to moderately severe Alzheimer's disease.

Dose: Take 1 gram of sage daily.

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Clinical studies show that vinpocetine (a chemical found in the periwinkle plant) was effective in treating memory related problems. It is believed to improve blood flow and enhance oxygen and glucose usage by the brain.

Dose: Take 5 to 10 mg three times daily.

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This is a traditional Ayurvedic herb used extensively in India to help with enhancing memory.

Dose: Traditional dose ranges from 50 to 150 mg taken up to three times daily.

Pycnogenol
(Pinus pinaster)
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Pycnogenol is known to be a potent free radical scavenger and contains many bioflavonoids (proanthocyanidins) that can prevent the damaging effects of toxins on cells.  It also shows anti-inflammatory activities.

Studies done on animal brain cells showed that pycnogenol was able to fight off the damage of exposure to toxic substances including the amyloid-beta proteins found in those suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

Dose: Take 50 to 100 mg up to three times daily.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil) Helpful - Click here for a detailed review.

Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) does not directly help treat memory problems but is essential for maintaining brain function and protecting the cardiovascular system.

Dose: Take 1 to 2 grams daily.

Garlic Helpful - Click here for a detailed review.

Garlic may not directly improve memory but offers support to the cardiovascular system and the immune system. These two systems need to be kept at top shape to fight off dementia or to at least slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

NADH
(Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydrate)
Probably not effective

Clinical studies show that taking NADH didn't helped with memory function in people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Dose: In studies, dosage ranging from 10 to 15 mg daily has been suggested.

Lecithin Probably not effective

Lecithin has been suggested by many to be useful treating memory problems.

However, in many clinical research studies, lecithin doesn't seem to improve the memory function of those suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

DMAE (2-dimethylaminoethanol) Probably not effective

Studies show that taking DMAE did not help with improving memory function in those suffering from dementia.

DHEA Probably not effective

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Periwinkle May be toxic

Periwinkle has been often suggested to help improve brain functions.

It is known to cause serious liver and kidney damage due to some of the toxins contained in the plant. We suggest avoid using this herb as there is others to try first with much less risks and side effects.



Vitamins for Dementia

See our article on Vitamins for Dementia to see which vitamins and minerals are the best ones to use to treat dementia. These vitamins compliments the other natural remedies for dementia.


Frequently Asked Questions about Dementia

See our article entitled Dementia to get answers to commonly asked questions about this debilitating health condition.

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