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Nutritional Support for Alzheimer's

Published: July 9, 2012
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In this small study of 12 patients institutionalized with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease, half received nutritional support (folate, vitamin B12, alpha-tocopherol, S-adenosyl methionine, N-acetyl cysteine, and acetyl-L-carnitine) and the other half received a placebo. The rate of decline in the nutritional support group was 30% slower than that in the placebo group. As most medications also only slow Alzheimer's, this is promising. A good multivitamin powder is an easy way to get all of these nutrients and much more!

Ginkgo Biloba and Dementia

Published: July 9, 2012
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In this 22-week study of 400 patients with dementia, half received ginkgo biloba 240 mg a day and the other half placebo. The ginkgo group had improvements in SKT test battery score and neuropsychiatric symptoms. In addition, the mean caregiver distress score reduced significantly among caregivers of patients in the intervention group, as compared to a worsening found among caregivers of patients on the placebo. Significant differences between the active and placebo groups were found for apathy/indifference, anxiety, irritability/lability, depression/dysphoria, and sleep/nighttime behavior. These results suggest that supplementing with an extract of gingko biloba such as the one used in this study may benefit patients with dementia.

Drinking Tea May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Published: July 9, 2012
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Results found that compared to rare or no tea intake, the odds of cognitive impairment were 2/3 less in heavy tea drinkers (1/2 less in even low tea intake) compared to those who did not drink tea. No association was found between coffee intake and cognitive function, so coffee did not help. These results likely occur because tea (real brewed tea or teabags, not the powdered stuff) is high in antioxidants. Decaf tea loses 1/2 its antioxidants, and powdered tea and soda pop sold as tea has almost no antioxidant function left.

Coenzyme Q10 Eases Parkinson's Disease

Published: July 9, 2012
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Researchers at the prestigious Cochrane Reviews analyzed data from several "gold standard" placebo-controlled double-blind studies on coenzyme Q10 for Parkinson's Disease, involving 452 patients. They found that taking 1,200 mg a day of coenzyme Q10 for six months is very effective in easing Parkinson's. The Parkinson's patients had improvements in their "activities of daily living." They also had improved scores in two standard tests used to evaluate features of Parkinson's, such as the ability to maintain a normal posture or walk normally.

B12 Deficiency and Cognitive Dysfunction

Published: July 9, 2012
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This study showed that vitamin B12 deficiency causes reversible cognitive problems. Could the B12 deficiency be causing the Alzheimer's? If yes, then it's another reversible cause. In this study, they used cases of very severely low B12 levels. Other studies show that evidence of brain problems from B12 deficiency are seen even at B12 levels of 300, and likely even higher (anything under 209 is sadly still considered normal by some physicians). Biochemical signs of B12 deficiency are seen even at B12 levels over 540. In a study involving 36 patients between the ages of 16 and 80 years of age (32 patients being over the age of 40 years) with low serum B12 or megaloblastic bone marrow or both, a high incidence of cognitive impairment and P3 abnormalities were found in patients that significantly improved by supplementing with vitamin B12. An abnormal Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) score was found in 17 of the patients. Supplementing with vitamin B12 was found to improve the conditions.

B Vitamins May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Published: July 9, 2012
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In a randomized study of 299 older men, daily supplementation with 2 mg folate, 25 mg vitamin B6, and 400 microg vitamin B12 for a period of 2 years was found to be associated with a significantly lower increase in the amyloid beta protein 1-40 found in tangles/plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease--as compared to subjects who received a placebo. While A beta 40 increased by an average of 18.5% (26.8pg/ml) among subjects who received a placebo, it increased by an average of only 4.9% (7.0 pg/ml) among those who received supplementation with B vitamins.

Antioxidants Help Mental Function

Published: July 9, 2012
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If you are getting forgetful as you get older, then a research team from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in the southwest of England has good news for you. Antioxidant-rich foods, such as blueberries, are effective at reversing age-related deficits in memory. The researchers supplemented a regular diet with blueberries over a 12-week period, and found that improvements in spatial working memory tasks emerged within three weeks and continued throughout the period of the study.

Help for Zombies: A Special Report

Published: July 3, 2012
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Fibromyalgia represents a cellular energy crisis with many causes. Taking steps to increase energy production can often be helpful. One such method is outlined by the "SHINE Protocol" (Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutrition, and Exercise) which was shown to be highly effective in an earlier pilot and placebo-controlled study. A new just-published multicenter study of 257 people with CFS/FMS at 53 health clinics showed that d-ribose supplementation increased energy an average of 61% at three weeks, while also improving sleep, cognitive function, pain, and overall well-being.

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