Decrease refined carbohydrates. Carbohydrates can cause swings in blood sugar and insulin that can lead to chronic inflammation. Inflammation has been closely linked to degeneration of the brain. In addition, Alzheimer’s has been referred to as “Type III Diabetes” because researchers have noted a significant decrease in sugar uptake in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
Eat many fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are especially protective for the brain and may act as an important barrier to the buildup of free-radical stress linked to brain degeneration.
Cut unhealthy fats such as fried foods, foods high in trans-fatty acids and saturated fats. A balance of healthy fats is essential for a healthy brain function.
Chronic stress can cause severe strain on the adrenal glands which can result in a condition called “adrenal exhaustion”. Adrenal exhaustion may be at the base of many mood disorders that can worsen memory and brain function.
Thyroid dysfunction can lead to memory decline. Thyroid function should be assessed and treated accordingly. See the protocol on thyroid imbalance .
Full Spectrum Light Box exposure to normalize the sleep/wake cycle. Use of a light box in the morning may help to slow the progression of Alzheimers. In addition, the symptoms of Alzheimers can be decreased with regular exposure to full spectrum bright light. 30-45 minutes first thing in the morning is recommended.
If Alzheimer’s is suspected the patient should be closely evaluated for depression, which can cause memory issues
Limit exposure to aluminum and other heavy metals through water, antacids and deodorants. In addition, baking powders, aluminum foil and cooking in aluminum pans can add to aluminum load.
EurOmega-3 Tablets – Dosage: 2 Tablets Daily – Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most important supplements for the brain. EurOmega is one of the best omega-3 supplements on the market. It’s very easy to take, doesn’t repeat on you, is free from rancidity and heavy metals and delivers the perfect amount of omega-3 in just 2 tablets daily.
Melatonin 3 mg Timed-Release – Dosage: 1 Capsule 1 hour before bed – Melatonin deficiency has been linked to many health challenges including dementia and Alzheimer’s. Sleep disturbances often precede diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Cognitex With Brain Shield – Dosage: 3 Capsules twice daily. – Cognitex is a combination of some of nature’s most powerful ingredients for charging up brain function and improving memory.
Niacinamide 500 mg – Dosage: 1 Tablet Twice Daily – Niacinamide appears to decrease inflammation that leads to a progression in brain degeneration.
Lithium Orotate 20 mg – Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily – Lithium deficiency has been linked to progression in Alzheimers and dementia
I'm a licensed pharmacist specializing in natural approaches to health and disease. I have hosted the weekly radio show on Wake Up Healthy for almost 20 years on WCBM 680 every Sunday from 10-11 AM EST. You can listen anywhere in the world by downloading the WCBM app.