Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia

Introduction

Senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are progressive, degenerative, neurological disorders that result in memory impairment and deterioration in cognitive function, reasoning, and behavior of the individual. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia – accounting for more than 60 percent of late life disorders of cognitive dysfunction. The loss of intellectual function initially interferes with daily life, and after a disease course that may last many years, eventually results in death. Death is usually due to factors such as compromised nutrition, complications of the immune system (pneumonia, sepsis, other infections), trauma, or aspiration.(1) (more…)

Astaxanthin May Prevent Dementia

Dementias are disorders with symptoms of memory loss and a decrease in cognition and the ability to reason. Dementia, sometimes called “senility,” is not a part of the normal aging process, and shows that some other disease may be present. Dementia affects a person’s ability to be successful in carrying out their activities of daily living. Accurate diagnosis of the disease that is present is necessary for treating the dementia properly. (more…)

Fisetin for Neuro-Protection

Fisetin is a unique polyphenol flavonoid that has demonstrated a high level of neuro-protection along with improvement of memory.  A standardized extract of fisetin is now undergoing extensive scientific studies by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies to prove its value for general brain health.  A patent has already been issued, entitled “Methods of Using Flavonoids to Enhance Memory.”  It appears that fisetin is another useful nutrient tool in the preservation of cognitive well being. (more…)

Popping the Cork to Stave Off Dementia

Break out the wineglasses. Dust off the beer mugs. And get ready to reacquaint yourself with your highball glasses.

According to a new study published in the journal Age and Ageing light to moderate alcohol consumption may ward off that nemesis of our golden years…cognitive decline.

According to a new study published in the journal Age and Ageing light to moderate alcohol consumption may ward off that nemesis of our golden years…cognitive decline. (more…)

Powerful Cognitive-Enhancing Nutrient

CDP Choline (cytidine-5’-diphosphocholine, or citicoline) is a unique form of the essential nutrient choline that helps regulate bioelectrical activities in the brain. Over the last thirty years, CDP Choline has been studied in numerous animal and human clinical trials for its potential to enhance brain and cognitive function in a variety of clinical situations including memory loss, dementia, stroke, and head trauma. CDP Choline has achieved promising results in older individuals with inefficient memory, cognitive deficits and early-stage Alzheimer’s. Therefore, it is worthwhile to discuss the many facets of CDP Choline’s role in cognition. (more…)

Coffee and Your Health: Don't Believe Everything That You Read

Coffee gets a lot of press.

Its deep, nutty aroma and earthy, bitter taste have created fans and connoisseurs of coffee across the globe. The morning ritual of coffee, taking a coffee break, and meeting for coffee are events that are near and dear to the hearts of many.

Maybe you have heard about the antioxidants in coffee and how these benefit the cerebrovascular system. (more…)

The Importance of B Vitamins to Overall Health

B vitamins are essential to health. Your nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, and brain depend on them for proper functioning. They are coenzymes that are involved in energy production and are also useful for alleviation of depression and anxiety.

As we get older our ability to absorb B vitamins from our food declines. In some Alzheimer’s patients, it was found that the problem was due to a deficiency of vitamin B-12 plus vitamin B-complex in an accepted multivitamin. (more…)