ways to prevent Alzheimer's disease, which will also help retard its development.

Symptoms, causes, treatment and ways to overcome Alzheimer's using home remedies.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive mental deterioration. Memory and thought processes are weakened and disoriented. First described by Alois Alzheimer in 1906, it is a condition of gradual deterioration of the ability to think. It is a slow, progressive wasting of the brain. It gradually shuts off production of vital neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, GABA, noradrenalin and glutamate.

Symptoms
Disoriented perceptions of space and time, inability to concentrate or communicate, and memory loss.

This produces depression, agitation, withdrawal, insomnia, irritability, memory loss, personality changes, severe mood swings and senility.

An intriguing early warning sign has been discovered at the San Diego Medical Center: As much as 2 years before mental decline, those with Alzheimer’s begin to lose their sense of smell. The rate at which the ability to distinguish strong odors is an indicator of how rapidly an individual will lose mental functioning. (But smokers have already lost part of their sense smell; so the diagnostic test does not work as well when applied to them.)

Causes
Nerve fibers, leading into, and out of, the hippocampus in the brain become tangled and short circuited. As a result, information is no longer carried to, and from, the brain. New memories cannot be gained and old memories cannot be retrieved.

In addition, plaques of a certain protein (beta-amyloid) build up in the brain, damaging nerve cells.
There are other disorders which produce similar symptoms: a series of minor strokes, hypothyroidism, and advanced syphilis. Arteriosclerosis, (hardening of the arteries) slowly reduces blood flow to the brain. Some of those with Down’s syndrome, who live to be in their 30s or 40s, develop Alzheimer’s.

The following suggestions deal with ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, which will also help retard its development:

Proper diet and nutrients to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and help retard its development.
1.Folic acid (5 mg daily) helps control homocysteine levels (which become too high in Alzheimer’s).

2.Adequate intake of calcium (1,500 mg daily) reproduces aluminum absorption. Magnesium (800 mg daily) works with calcium. Include plenty of fiber.

3.Vitamins A and E are antioxidant vitamins which are also important. In addition to shielding neurons from free radicals, vitamin E (400-800 IU) also regenerates areas on neurons where neurotransmitters enter. (Neurotransmitters are chemicals that relay messages from one neuron to another.) Vitamin C (500-1,000 mg daily) and flaxseed oil (1 Tbsp daily) is needed.

4.Those with Alzheimer’s have low levels of vitamin B12 and zinc (30 mg) in their bodies. All the B complex vitamins are important. Take thiamine (3-8 grams daily).

5.Those who undergo a trial of intensive nutritional therapy, especially B12 injections, may ward off the developing problem.

6.Free radicals are another factor. Avoid foods which contain them.

Useful and helpful herbs to prevent and help retard the development of Alzheimer’s disease
1.Ginkgo biloba is one of the best herbs for preserving memory. Many studies have been done on ginkgo biloba extract. It helps delay mental deterioration in the early stages of Alzheimer’s; but, in the later stages, it has been found to be of little value.

2.The Chinese use Asian ginseng (100-200 mg daily of the standardized extract), Siberian ginseng (2-3 grams daily of the dried root or 300-400 mg of solid extract), and astragalus (2-3 500 mg capsules, 3 times a day) for maintaining memory functions.

3.St. John’s wort helps calm people who anger easily, which sometimes occurs in later stages of Alzheimer’s.

4.Rosemary not only contains several compounds which attack free radicals, but also some which prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine (This chemical is a neurotransmitter important for memory in the brain.). Rosemary has, for a long time, been used as a “memory enhancing” herb.
5.The Chinese herb, club moss, contains huperzine  A, which blocks the breakdown of acetylcholine.

6.Horsebalm (Monarda, various species) contains carvacrol, which helps keep acetylcholine in the brain. In addition to swallowing it, some recommend rubbing it on the scalp.

7.Choline, a B vitamin, is one of several important building blocks for acetylcholine. The richest sources of choline are blackstrap molasses and lecithin. Levels of choline and ethanolamine are lower in those with Alzheimer’s.

Other helpful suggestions to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
1.Other causes include heavy metals in the body. One in particular stands out: When you hear the words, ”Alzheimer’s disease,” think of it as “aluminum disease”; for this is what it often is. Autopsies on persons who died with Alzheimer’s reveal accumulations of up to 10 times the normal amount of aluminum in the nerve cells of the brain (up to 50 times in certain parts). Significantly, especially high concentrations are in, and around, the hippocampus. Rats given aluminum develop identical symptoms to Alzheimer’s.

2.Do not use aluminum cookware! Use stainless steel or glass. Do not use aluminum foil on food. Do not take buffered aspirin and certain antacids; both are extremely high in aluminum! Drink distilled water instead of tap water (which may contain aluminum).

3.But those with Alzheimer’s also have levels of mercury in their brain. Beware of amalgam dental fillings. Mercury from the fillings gradually passes into the body and, over a period of time, accumulates in the brain.

4.Zinc may be another problem mineral. Recent lab research indicates that zinc, alone of 26 metals tested, made human proteins clump together and form amyloid, the destructive substance that builds up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

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