ALZHEIMER’S and SENILITY
Category : Nervous System
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of insanity in which the capacities of lucidity and memory deteriorate little by little, interfering with life’s normal activities. In the United States, more than 4 million people suffer from this disease, which mainly attacks adults.
Symptoms:Loss of memory is one symptom of Alzheimer’s; nevertheless, thinking ability is also lost. There is space and time perception disorders, the inability to concentrate and communicate with others, loss of sphincter control, change in personality and character.The symptoms of early senility are very similar to those of Alzheimer’s disease, however the cause is different. A micro-embolism, cerebral aneurysm, or any other cause which obstructs oxygenation and the flow of nutrients may provoke senility, whereas the causes of Alzheimer’s seem to come from other source.
Causes:The causes of this disease are still being studied. Nevertheless, some possible causes do exist:
- Low level of some nutrients such as Vitamin B12 and Zinc.
- Low levels of antioxidants, Vitamin A and E.
- Aluminum. In autopsies done on persons who suffered from this disease, high levels of aluminum have been found in the areas of the brain responsible for memory, such as the hippocampus. Another metal attributed as a cause of this disease is mercury, principally originating from dental fillings.
The basic nutrients which have been found to help inhibit the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s disease and senility are:
- Ginkgo Biloba. This plant plays an important role in stimulating circulation in the brain, which is responsible for transporting oxygen and other nutrients to the neurons. A great number of studies done by French and German researchers demonstrate the efficiency of this plant in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and senility.
- One of the studies carried out by Weitberecht, W. V. and Jansen (“Double-blind and Comparative [Ginkgo Biloba vs. Placebo] Therapeutic Study in Geriatric Patients with Primary Degenerative Dementia”). Dr. Weitbrecht conducted a study with 40 patients between 60 and 80 years of age with degenerative dementia. Twenty of them were given 120 mg. /day of ginkgo-biloba extract during a three-month period, while the other twenty were given a placebo (substance with no therapeutic effect). The group-taking Ginkgo showed a marked improvement in their psychometric tests and concentration in comparison to the control group, which received no Ginkgo Biloba.
- Acetylcholine. This substance is an important neurotransmitter for communication between neurons. The brain forms it from acetyl and choline.
- Antioxidants are another recommended component for protecting the brain from damage caused by excessive oxidation due to free radicals.
- The B Complex is indispensable for the proper function of neurons, mainly Vitamin B12 since it intervenes in the formation of neurotransmitters and the protective layer of the nerves, myelin.
- Other important substances are: Zinc, Selenium, and Vitamin C.
- Alcohol, cigarettes, etc. should be avoided.