With dementia numbers climbing – along with the price of care – treatment research is more important than ever. Though there are a few medications approved to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, alternative treatment therapies are quickly gaining popularity.
Here’s a look at three innovative dementia treatment techniques to get senior caregivers started:
Oestrogen is a natural hormone that researchers believe may protect younger women, especially those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It is also suggested that when oestrogen hormone replacement therapy is taken during post-menopause, women can possibly delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or even prevent the development of full-blown Alzheimer’s disease. The final data showed that oestrogen treatment reduced the risk of developing early-onset Alzheimer’s disease by a third. It is thought the hormone prevents protein deposits from building up on the brain – a feature clearly seen in brain scans of Alzheimer’s patients.
Additional benefits of oestrogen include:
- Protection against the hardening of the arteries
- Promotion of growth factors, which keep the brain healthy
Folate and Vitamin B12
For those interested in treating forms of dementia by using natural methods, folate and vitamin B12 are your best bets. Folate is one of the body’s nutrients and is essential for healthy blood and nerve cells. Seniors can increase the levels of both by eating green leafy vegetables, like broccoli or spinach.
An earlier study conducted on folate supplements revealed that, if taken by seniors with normal cognition, show a reduced risk of cognitive decline. More testing is essential before experts will endorse folate as a “medical” treatment option.
For those who suffer a vitamin B12 deficiency, they’re also at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Taking vitamin B12 supplements are likely beneficial, but once again, extended research trials are needed to determine the benefits of supplementation.
Derived from the leaves of a Chinese tree, ginkgo biloba is thought to have a number of benefits for Alzheimer’s patients. For example, ginkgo biloba has the following properties:
Ginkgo biloba is one of the most popular alternative therapies among cognitive medicines. In Germany, the natural medication is actually licensed for treating Alzheimer’s disease.
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