Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise, and with this, the cost of the allopathic remedies gets higher as well. Here, you will find 5 herbs that can help you and your close friends and family support Alzheimer’s health plans.
The 16th century kings got their lemon balm from the Swiss physician Paracelsus, who promised the inhibition of early senility. Lemon balm continues to draw the attention of modern day laboratories with its potential to help patients with Alzheimer’s. Professor Elaine Perry of the University of Newcastle conducted tests of the effect of lemon balm on the receptors and enzymes which are responsible in helping acetylcholine transmit nerve signals. Even though the research is still in progress, lemon balm has proved to be successful in stimulating the receptors and enzymes.
The same Newcastle University study that researched the positive effects of lemon balm in improving cognitive functions carried out examination of Sage as well. While lemon balm helped with stimulating receptors, Sage provided help in acetylcholinesterase inhibition, similarly to Aricept, an Alzheimer’s drug.
Famous for its ability to support blood flow and oxygen to the brain, Ginkgo has the ability to promote cognitive abilities and this has caught the eye of western researches. The first research done on Gingko Biloba done by the University of Maryland Medical Center provided results that hinted that Gingko may help patients with Alzheimer’s, while a 2010 study published in BMC Geriatrics found out that the same herb had better results than placebo in reducing Alzheimer’s related dementia. A more recent study of 120 patients with mild cognitive disability done by Chinese researches found out that the group which received the Gingko Biloba herb tablets for the duration of 6 months had higher scores in logical memory and random picture recognition tests than the control group.
When you remember your first cat scratches, the first thing that might come to your mind is the Cat’s Claw vine. The natives of the Amazon forest, where Cat’s Claw is naturally found, used the vine to help reduce redness and swelling, more precisely, in the bones and joints. Some studies done on the Cat’s Claw, have shown that it has properties that dilate blood vessels, which helps Alzheimer’s patients that have a weak blood flow, which results in less oxygenation of their brain cells.
Apart from the beneficial effects with diabetes, cold, flu and cancer, the Asian and American Ginseng varieties that have been studied have showed potentially beneficial effects on Alzheimer’s patients. The author of a 2008 article which was published in the Journal of Chinese Medicinal Materials – S.Q. Hu, claims that the American ginseng strand extract reduced cell death in Alzheimer’s disease in animal case studies.
Apart from herbal aids and consultations with a holistic physician, people which have early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s should take steps to reduce their stress levels, increase consumption of vitamin E, and introduce raw organic virgin coconut oil in their daily diets.