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Dementia a Natural Approach


dementia-natural health store.us  Dementia is described as a progressive illness that reduces cognitive function. The word dementia is a blanket term used to describe symptoms of the gradual decline of the patients memory, rationality, social skills, and any emotional reactions that the patient may have.

Confusion is also a tell-tale  sign of the disease, but it can be caused by a variety of other things, such as dehydration and nutritional deficiencies.


Common Causes

The most common causes of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease (50-70%), and vascular dementia (20-30%). DAT or Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type is the most common type, one theory of causation is a deficiency in acetylcholine – (found in Brain Protex, Lecithin, Pantothenic Acid), a neurotransmitter in the brain. There are many other theories, such as environmental factors, metabolic disturbances, immune processes, heredity, the build up of beta amyloid proteins, and neural degeneration due to glutamate build up. Vascular dementia or VaD, is caused by insufficient blood supply to the brain and could be characterized by chronic cerebral ischemia.


Is a powerful nutritional supplement formulated to protect brain cells from free radical damage and sharpen mental function. Brain-Protex contains a blend of potent antioxidants that are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells. Brain-Protex also features several nutrients proven in scientific studies to enhance impaired cognitive abilities, whether associated with nutritional deficiency, aging or as the result of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.


Huperzine A is a natural substance derived from the club moss Huperzia serrata. Clinical studies confirm that huperzine A is a potent memory enhancer. Huperzine A works by protecting the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) from being broken down by the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE). Acetylcholine is essential for communication between cells in the brain. In fact, it is the most important neurotransmitter for healthy memory function. Decreases in brain-levels of acetylcholine are known to cause memory loss and cognitive dysfunction; and in some instances, such as in Alzheimer’s disease, the lack of acetylcholine is so great that it impairs an individual’s ability to function normally. Fortunately, research indicates that huperzine A is an effective acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor that easily passes through the blood-brain barrier. Huperzine A elevates acetylcholine levels and has been shown to help relieve some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Huperzine A also appears to cause fewer side effects than prescription AChE inhibitors; and, there is no significant development of tolerance with continual use. In addition, huperzine A is being studied for its use in the treatment of myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder that affects acetylcholine receptors in the muscles, causing muscle weakness and deterioration.

Current research indicates the recommended dosage of huperzine A to be 50mcg twice daily. Beneficial effects of huperzine A are typically seen after a month of continuous use. NSP’s Brain-Protex with Huperzine A provides 50mcg of Huperzine A in each 2-capsule serving. Huperzine A should not be taken in conjunction with prescription AChE inhibitors such as tacrine or donezepil. Huperzine A is also not recommended for individuals taking prescription drugs for depression, manic-depression or epilepsy.

Ginkgo biloba provides significant antioxidant protection against free radical damage to brain and nerve cells. Ginkgo helps prevent metabolic disruptions which can cause a lack of blood supply to the brain, by increasing oxygen utilization, cerebral circulation, and the uptake of glucose by brain cells. The German Commission E Monographs recommend ginkgo for improving memory and learning capacity. Ginkgo also facilitates improved nerve transmission rate, enhanced cognitive activity, increased synthesis of brain neurotransmitters, and normalized acetylcholine receptors in the part of the brain primarily affected by Alzheimer’s disease, the hippocampus.

Studies show ginkgo biloba effectively decreases symptoms of impaired mental function associated with insufficient blood flow to the brain, as well as enhances the transmission rate of information on the nerve cell level. Numerous studies also indicate the benefits of ginkgo for delaying the mental degeneration seen in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, the positive effects of ginkgo are not limited to the elderly—a double-blind study of young women showed that ginkgo supplementation significantly increased their reaction times during a memory test.7

Soy lecithin complex contains 4 primary phospholipids (phosphorus-containing fats): phosphatidyl-serine (PS), phosphatidyl-choline (PC), phosphatidyl-inositol (PI), and phosphatidyl-ethanolamine (PE). These phospholipids are essential for maintaining healthy cell membranes in the body and activating important metabolic functions.

Phosphatidyl-serine (PS) is most concentrated in the brain where it supports nearly every measurable brain function. PS also appears to enhance brain glucose metabolism and multiply neurotransmitter receptor sites. Research shows that although the brain normally produces sufficient levels of PS, aging and poor nutrition can lead to a PS deficiency.

Numerous double-blind clinical trials have substantiated the positive effects of PS on concentration, learning, memory, and vocabulary skills, as well as alertness, mood, and sociability. In fact, PS is more effective than Ginkgo biloba in entering brain cells and revitalizing them from the membrane core. Thus far, best results from supplementation have been achieved with individuals already experiencing some memory loss; however, it does not appear to help those with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Studies are currently being conducted to determine the effects of PS on childhood behavioral problems, heavy exercise-induced stress, and mood in the elderly.

Studies conducted indicate that supplementation with PS obtained from soy lecithin can reverse age-associated memory impairment (AAMI)—the gradual loss of memory associated with the effects of aging. According to an article published in Pharmacology Research, PS may prove beneficial in improving memory loss and cognitive functions associated with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

A study published in Neurology demonstrated positive results with phosphatidyl-serine supplementation (100mg taken 3 times daily) in individuals with age-related cognitive decline. After 12 weeks, individuals receiving the supplements scored 30% higher than the placebo group in learning and recalling names, faces and numbers. Researchers theorized that in this area, the aging process may have been reversed by up to 12 years.

Choline, a component of lecithin,is a precursor for the synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is believed to facilitate concentration and memory function. Deficient production and release of acetylcholine is regarded as one of the contributing elements of declining cognitive and memory function associated with aging and even Alzheimer’s disease. Choline is also crucial for healthy brain and mental development in unborn babies and infants, with serum choline levels being concentrated 100-fold in nursing mothers’ milk. Furthermore, phosphatidyl-choline supplementation to raise brain levels of choline has been shown to provide good results for treating bipolar depression.

Studies show that supplementation with phosphatidyl-choline (derived from soy lecithin) increases blood levels of choline, utilized by the brain to synthesize acetylcholine. A minimum of 500-1500mg of choline taken daily can increase acetylcholine synthesis and enhance mental performance.

Inositol is considered part of the B-vitamin complex and exists in cell membranes in the form phosphatidyl-inositol (PI). The neurotransmitter acetylcholine, necessary for cognitive and memory function, requires PI for healthy functioning, as does the neurotransmitter serotonin. Furthermore, a decrease in brain levels of inositol may induce depression, as individuals suffering from depression demonstrate low levels of inositol.

Phosphatidyl-ethanolamine, as part of a lecithin complex derived from egg yolks and developed by Israeli researchers, has been shown to enhance memory, mental function, and overall cognitive ability.

Lycopene, a carotenoid found in tomatoes, is responsible for providing their red color. Lycopene is also the most abundant carotenoid present in human blood and tissues. A powerful singlet oxygen free radical (one of the most destructive free radicals known) scavenger, lycopene’s antioxidant activity is regarded as twice as potent as beta-carotene and 100 times as effective as Vitamin E. Research indicates lycopene protects tissues and genes from toxic free radicals and chemical carcinogens. In fact, lycopene has been shown to be a potent anti-cancer agent, inhibiting the growth of breast, lung and endometrial cancer cells. Lycopene also prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which can lead to atherosclerosis.

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent antioxidant which helps slow the aging process and can enhance brain function and memory in those with AAMI. In fact, ALA is the only antioxidant capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier with ease. Recent research indicates ALA protects the brain against free radical damage resulting from strokes, cerebral hemorrhage, or head injury. This unique antioxidant operates in both the fatty and watery regions of cells. ALA also increases the metabolic life-spans of other important antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E, CoQ10, and glutathione. Furthermore, ALA has been found to facilitate the body’s ability to burn glucose, thus helping to regulate blood sugar levels.

Rhododendron caucasicum root extract has been found to provide 60 times the antioxidant protection of Vitamin E and 20 times that of Vitamin C. Rhododendron caucasicum contains a group of active constituents—phenylpropanoids—that have been shown to improve cerebral circulation (blood flow to the brain) and protect the brain against unhealthy biological, chemical and physical imbalances. Research shows this herb strengthens fragile capillaries, facilitates cardiovascular function, enhances the removal of toxins from the body, and exhibits strong antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-arthritic activity.



Alternative Methods for Treatment

There have been a wide variety of alternative methods for treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alternative medicine which is a dietary and natural concentrated nutrition.


Chinese Culture

The Chinese are another culture to have herbal remedy combinations to help promote healthy cognition and these remedies are used in conjunction with acupuncture and massage techniques.

The herbal remedies in Chinese medicine are also personalized and tailored for each patient, and therefore each remedy is different. One herbal remedy combination that was found in the Bei Ji Qian jin yao fang (Essential Prescriptions Worth  Thousand Gold Coins) has thirteen different herbs in it with the amounts of each herb ranging from 15g – 3g. In Chinese medicine the cause of dementia symptoms are believed to be “turbid phlegm blocking upper orifices”.

This is a qi imbalance, and the goal of treatment is to bring balance back to the qi. Some specific herbs that may used in an herbal medicine recipe are ginkgo, radix ginseng, and danshen root. Chinese massage methods Tui Na and Shiatsu are also used in treatment plans for dementia patients. These techniques are used in conjunction with acupuncture, as they, too, use the Chinese meridians and the acupuncture points. This multidimensional treatment plan is standard practice in Chinese medicine in order to cure the illness as opposed to simply treating the symptoms.


Nutrition plays an important role in treatment and possible prevention of dementia. Soy (a phyto estrogen) has been studied for cognitive enhancement and showed significant improvement in figural memory and also in verbal memory in men and women.

Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid that increases the amount of actetylcholine in the brain, it also is important for mitochondrial function and cell metabolism. Alpha lipoic acid or ALA is a fatty acid found in all cells of the body and in some food, it is also a very powerful anti oxidant.

ALA has many functions in the brain such as chelating metals and reducing inflammation. It also crosses the blood brain barrier to increase ACh. ALA works with acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) to shuttle acetyl groups and fatty acids to the mitochondria for energy production.

ALA, while at the same time clearing out toxic fatty acids, to the mitchondria for energy production. It also promotes the biosynthesis of ACh, while at the same time clearing out toxic fatty acid metabolites therefore helping to prevent the build up of beta-amyloid proteins.

Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is essential for mitochondrial energy production. Mitochondrial dysfunctions such as disruption of energy production, apoptosis deregulation, and altered calcium homeostasis are found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Lack of vitamins B12, A, E, folate have all been linked to cognitive decline and are therefore essential for prevention against loss of cognition.

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It is a 21 day re-set. Remember concentrated herbs are food, in the book of beginnings Genesis – herbs are meat, meaning of great substance for our bodies.

In conclusion, there are several herbal and alternative remedies for dementia. It seems that a healthy and active lifestyle would be the best prevention. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a cure, only herbs that may sustain the level of cognition at the beginning of treatment.
Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems seem to have the broadest and most personal treatments available, as their remedies are tailored to the patient and their specific needs.
Dementia is an incredibly debilitating illness that effects millions of people in various developed countries. Maybe our solution is to go back to doing some things the old fashioned way.

There are many resources available, my hope take hold of those things and what is available from nature, at this point we have to tackle with persistence and increase dosages slowly. They are developing the extract of the Coconut Oil, until then read this  Coconut Oil Benefits

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