Alzheimer’s can be a devastating disease. I watched my grandfather suffer for years as his brain shut down long before his body was ready. At the time my grandfather was diagnosed, I didn’t know much about natural supplements, but the current research is very encouraging for someone who does not want to see others suffer from this disease.
According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, there are currently an estimated 44.4 million people with dementia in the world. This number is expected to increase to around 75.6 million in 2030. Statistics are scary, but there has also been recent research on a number of natural supplements that may help this devastating condition. Coconut oil, curcumin, and B vitamins have all been shown to help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
According to a 2004 clinical trial, published in the journal of Neurobiology of Aging, reported significant improvements in Alzheimer’s patients after 45-90 days of treatment with Medium Chain Triglycerides from coconut oil. MCTs are the primary source of fat found within coconut oil, and they are also a primary source of ketone bodies, which provide an alternative energy source for the brain. The brain’s usual energy source is glucose, but when insulin resistance develops in the brain, which is what happens to people with Alzheimer’s. Once this happens, parts of the brain start to shrink, leading to impaired functioning, and eventual loss of memory, speech, movement and personality.
Curcumin, which is the compound found in the spice turmeric, has been linked to research that may help patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s. A study reported patients who have had 100 mg of curcumin daily for 12 weeks have experienced remarkable improvements. The researchers concluded that the supplementation with curcumin increased the quality of life and activities of daily living for patients living with Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is known to have anti-inflammatory properties which may play a protective role against B-amyloid peptides. These peptides are the main components of plaques found in brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
B Vitamins have also been shown to help patients suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease. B Vitamin helps to regulate the body’s level of homocysteine. Alzeimer patient have an unusually high levels of homocysteine in their bloodstream. Also, high levels of homocysteine has been linked to brain shrinkage.
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