In additional to natural remedies, below is a detailed list of vitamins and minerals that have research studies done to support their effectiveness in treating memory loss. These supplement can compliment natural remedies for dementia.
If you are looking for some commonly asked questions about this debilitating health condition, see our Dementia.
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Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent free radical damage to cells
One research study show that taking 2,000 IU of vitamin E daily slows down the disease in those people who suffer from somewhat severe Alzheimer's disease. However there are also studies that show that vitamin E did not help at all.
Dose: For healthy individuals, we suggest a dose of 400 to 800 IU daily. Take up to 2,000 IU daily for those suffering from dementia under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
There is evidence that very low levels of niacin can cause the symptoms of dementia. Population studies suggest that low levels of niacin increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
However, it is not known if taking enough niacin could slow down the progression of this disease.
Dose: Take 50 to 100 mg daily.
Population studies show that low amounts of vitamin C (and E) is linked to increased risk of getting dementia.
Vitamin C, like vitamin E, is an antioxidant that helps to prevent free radical damage to cells. It is known that oxidative damage may be responsible for causing Alzheimer's disease.
Dose: Take 250 to 500 mg daily. Higher doses have been used safely.
Vitamin B1 is needed for the nerves to transmit signal properly and is lower in those who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's disease. It is known that deficiency in thiamin can result in symptoms of dementia.
Studies show conflicting results and the dosage used is extremely high at 3 grams daily.
Dose: Typical dose used is up to 30 mg daily. Dosages as high as 300 mg have been used to treat severely low levels of thiamin.
There is some evidence that taking zinc may slow down Alzheimer's disease.
Dose: Take 10 to 40 mg of zinc daily.
Make sure you get enough vitamin B12 as if you are low in this, you will get symptoms similar to Alzheimer's disease. These symptoms include shaky movements, muscle weakness and dementia.
Dose: Take 800 to 1,600 mcg daily.
Population studies seem to show that higher levels of folic acid seem to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Dose: Take 400 to 1,000 mcg (0.4 mg to 1 mg) daily.
Low levels of iron can cause memory function problems. Get your iron levels checked if you suspect you are deficient.
However, it is not known if taking iron supplements in those with normal iron levels would help with Alzheimer's disease.
Dose: As determined by your family doctor after a blood test is completed.
Boron has been suggested in research studies to be helpful in those suffering from dementia.
Dose: Up to 20 mg daily have been suggested.
Selenium is an antioxidant (like vitamin C and E) and has been suggested to be helpful in those suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Clinical studies will need to be done to support using selenium for treating this condition.
Dose: 50 to 200 mcg daily have been suggested.
There doesn't seem to be a link between blood levels of pyridoxine and the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
See our article on Natural Remedies for Dementia to see which herbs are the best ones to use to treat dementia.
See our article entitled Dementia to get answers to commonly asked questions about this debilitating health condition.
Created: May 28, 2010