Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that becomes apparent when old age sets in. According to statistics, 10% of 65yr olds, 25% of 70yr olds, and 50% of 80 yr olds have an almost sure chance of developing the most common form of dementia. The worst part is that this trend seems to be growing as time goes. While there may not be an established cure for the disease, experts have been working hard on finding possible ways to help avert, treat, and even cure this disease. So, What can you do to reverse Alzheimer’s disease?
It has been established that green tea may have the potential to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. According to recent research that was posted on the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers discovered that a diet with compounds found in green tea and carrots counteracted Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in mice that were genetically manipulated to contract the disease. This is a finding that may set the tone for future approaches to fighting off and managing dementia in people. In the study, which was led by the Southern California University, 32 mice with Alzheimer’s symptoms were divided into groups of four with an equal number of males and females. A dose of 30mg was then administered per kg of body mass. Three months later, the researchers established that mice with Alzheimer’s fared on just as well as those in a healthy state.
The findings of the study also cemented the idea that combination therapy may be more effective in treating persons who have Alzheimer’s disease.
Green tea contains a mineral known as EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate); when this is combined with ferulic acid found in diets such as tomatoes, carrots, wheat, oats, and rice, the resulting mixture was found to restore spatial working memory completely. The same concept of combination treatment is already being applied in the treatment of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and HIV.
There are additional dietary measures that can be used to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. There has been some promising news from the United Kingdom regarding Alzheimer’s and natural supplements. According to a research team, high doses of B vitamins such as B6, B12, and folic acid can suppress atrophy of the gray matter in the brain that is easily vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, as well as a cognitive decline by almost sevenfold. The researchers noted that B vitamins reduce homocysteine (a cell-destroying amino acid) that results in a decrease in gray matter atrophy. This study is just the latest finding to demonstrate the relationship between certain B vitamins and the preservation of cognitive function.