Natural remedies are gaining more and more popularity these days, as well as more media attention. To be certain, there is a wealth of information out there about supplements, diet, organic food vs. non-organic, and natural protocols for everything under the sun. How do you narrow down which natural program is right for you or your loved one? There are a few natural remedies that are widely accepted as beneficial for Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers, although of course you’ll want to discuss any treatment protocol with your doctor before starting. Common natural remedies include:
- Ginko. While studies show that Ginko may not prevent Alzheimer’s or delay progression, it may help with cognitive ability. The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and glucose. If circulation to the brain is reduced, cellular death starts to occur. Ginko may increase glucose uptake and oxygen utilization. Ginko may also have the added benefits of reducing depression and vertigo.
- Vitamin B-12. B-12 deficiency is common in the elderly, and yet it is highly important in the maintenance of healthy red blood cells and nerve function. Supplementing your loved one’s diet with B-12 may aid in reducing memory loss. Vitamin B-12 has also been shown to reduce levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. Common food sources of B-12 include fish, meat, and poultry.
- Zinc. Lowered zinc levels have been found in many with Alzheimer’s disease. Zinc is critical for neurons and brain function. In addition, elevated copper levels, often stemming from household plumbing, can disrupt cognitive function. Zinc supplementation can help eliminate toxic copper in the system.
- Turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory properties. Testing on mice has revealed a reduction of brain plaque in those who take turmeric supplements. Hence, turmeric may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. You may not be used to cooking with turmeric, so check out this easy and healthy recipe.
- . We’ve already discussed how important glucose uptake is for the brain. Interestingly, it has been reported that diabetics increase their chance of getting Alzheimer’s by up to 65%. Glucose is certainly a big player in a well-functioning body and brain. Even though your brain may be starved for glucose, it has an alternate energy source: ketoacids, or ketones. Ketones are produced by the conversion of fat or glucose into energy. Coconut oil contains a medium chain fatty acid which is a primary source of ketones, and thus will produce energy for your brain, much like the ingestion carbohydrates. Check out this list of yummy foods to make with coconut oil.
Why not try something natural and even delicious to support your treatment of Alzheimer’s or dementia today? Remember to always check with your health care provider regarding dosages and drug interactions.