Monday, September 21, 2009
Following these 10 strategies may help to reduce your risk of
developing Alzheimer's disease. Depending on the extent of a person's
dementia, some treatments may even reverse damage and improve memory
Always consult a naturopathic doctor or qualified
clinician before beginning any nutritional supplement, especially if
you are taking medications or have a medical condition.
- Consume a diet rich in antioxidants with plenty of whole fresh
fruit, fresh vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
your body and your mind. Keep your mind active with puzzles, games, and
enjoyable conversation. Challenge your brain by breaking mental
routines; try brushing your teeth with the opposite hand, or open doors
using the other hand. These tasks can increase brain activity and may
improve cognition. Increasing your circulation by biking, swimming,
walking, or other physical activity can help to improve blood flow to
your brain. This can be beneficial for your memory and cognition.
- Regularly consume of cold-water fish to increase essential
fatty acid (EFA) levels. EFAs are fatty acids (also known as
Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids) which are essential to life, but
which cannot be produced in the body and must be taken in through
- Phosphatidylserine (PS). Decreased
phosphatidylserine in the brain has been associated with poor memory
and depression in the elderly. Taking PS capsules can help to improve
memory, learning, concentration, and can assist in improving mood
- Take extra magnesium and focus on magnesium-rich foods. Increase the consumption of
leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, which are excellent sources
with vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency is significantly common in
Alzheimer’s disease patients. Supplementation of B12 and folic acid in
people at the very early stages of dementia (with less than 6 months of
symptoms) may result in complete reversal in some patients.
- Supplement with zinc. Zinc deficiency is one of the most common nutrient
deficiencies in the elderly and has been suggested to be a major
factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Taking Acetyl-L-Carnitine can improve cognitive
- Supplementation with inositol may help to reduce dementia symptoms.
- Thiamine has been shown to increase the effects
of acetylcholine in the brain. High dose thiamine supplementation
can benefit mental function in people with dementia.
Dr. Tara Peyman offers a free 15-minute phone consult to get details on how she can help you. Call to reserve your appointment:
Tempe, Arizona: (480) 456-0402
Mesa, Arizona: (480) 985-0000
Tara Peyman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Arizona.
Her expertise is treating depression and anxiety with natural medicine.
She has also developed comprehensive, naturopathic programs for weight
loss, diabetes and smoking cessation. She practices at East Valley
Naturopathic Doctors in Mesa (480.985.0000) and in Tempe
(480.456.0402). Visit her website for more information.