Dementia / Alzheimer’s Disease & Post-Concussion Head Syndrome
“Senile dementia is the medical term for senility, the gradual loss of mental function that so often occurs with aging. Alzheimers disease, the most common form of senile dementia, accounts for more than 60 percent of the cognitive function disorders in the aging population. The first symptoms of dementia and Alzheimers disease are usually mild forgetfulness. In the earlier stages of the disease, people with these conditions may forget how to do simple tasks, like brushing their teeth or combing their hair. During the more advanced phases, logical and rational thinking processes decline and they begin to have problems speaking, understanding, reading, or writing. People with advanced dementia or Alzheimers disease may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home. One of the hallmark features of Alzheimers disease involves plaque deposits between brain cells and a protein called beta-amyloid. The beta amyloid protein generates free radicals and inflammation, which destroys nerve cells and produces twisted, spaghetti-like masses called neurofibrillary tangles. ”
A memory support nutrient should contain proven natural ingredients that elevate brain levels of the memory chemical known as acetylcholine, which is also the intent of Alzheimer’s disease medications such as Aricept. The difference is that ingredients in memory support nutrients can increase synthesis of acetylcholine, whereas Alzheimer’s disease drugs can only slow down the break down of acetylcholine. Ingredients in memory support nutrients have also been shown to improve nerve transmission in the brain and protect nerve cells from free radical damage.
A nutrients enhancing glutathione should contain natural agents that have been shown to block nerve damage from free radical assault – an important consideration in many neurodegenerative conditions.
A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral should contain boosted levels of antioxidants shown to protect brain cells against free radical damage and other nutrients that facilitate the synthesis of important brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that are vital for normal cognitive function.
An essential fatty acid should contain the perfect blend of essential fatty acids that have been shown to maintain brain integrity, reduce brain inflammation, improve circulation in the brain’s blood vessels, and possibly help discourage the build-up of amyloid plaque.
A natural sleep aid nutrient should contain natural agents shown to reduce free radical damage to the brain, induce more quality sleep, and raise brain levels of serotonin- an important brain neurotransmitter (this product may not be appropriate for those with post-head concussion syndrome and those taking sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-depression medications).