Patient populations in Canada are getting older and the aging population is beginning to look for safer alternatives to standard drug therapy for maintaining cognitive brain function. The current medical system is not fully prepared to address the more chronic and complex needs of the aging Canadians. Nutritional Supplementation and Herbal Medicine play a pivotal role in the ongoing treatment of cognitive function and Alzheimer’s disease in the aging population.
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There is no proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s, but there's strong evidence that factors associated with leading a healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk. Studies suggest that regular social and physical activity, eating a healthy diet and keeping your brain active through lifelong learning, may reduce the probability of developing cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s. Here are some options to help treat it!
The Mediterranean diet has been associated with a reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. This diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, oils and fish. While the study didn’t not look at the underlying mechanisms by which the Mediterranean diet benefits cognitive function, we know it improves a number of risk factors for cognitive decline such as reducing inflammation, improving vitamin and mineral imbalances, increasing micronutrients and maintaining a heathy weight
Studies are reporting that people who consume foods rich in a particular Vitamin known as B12 may be able to lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Vitamin B-12 helps maintain healthy nerves and red blood cells. Levels of Vitamin B12 decline with age and are typically seem to be lowest in individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Your ideal dietary sources of B12 vitamins would include grass fed beef, fresh fish, and organic free range eggs.
There are claims that coconut oil can be a treatment for Alzheimer’s based on the theory that nerves in the brain may use this oil an alternative energy source but currently there is no scientific evidence to confirm this. There is a clinical trial being conducted but those results won’t be announced until later this year. Nevertheless, coconut oil is a powerful superfood with many beneficial health properties therefore I use it in my practice.
Mental decline as you age appears to be largely due to altered connections among brain cells. But research has found that keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality So mental stimulation is highly therapeutic for people with any cognitive disorder. So stay curious and involved, attend lectures, engage in life long learning and consider adding some games in your life! So whether that’s Sudoku, Chess, Crossword Puzzle, Memory