Nature triumphs over Alzheimer’s disease

There are very few diseases more heartbreaking for family members than Alzheimer’s. There’s no cure and the drugs that are currently available are little more than a placebo. That’s why I was so happy to see the results of this new study, which used some very common nutrients to significantly improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients.

The proprietary formulation was designed to improve synaptic function (cell to cell communication in the brain) in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This is important for two reasons…

First, the study was conducted on patients whose condition was still mild. (When researchers study nutritional supplements in the United States, they usually take the worst cases. In essence, setting the natural approach up to fail–or at least have a harder time succeeding–from the outset.) And second, unlike the drugs for AD, this supplement combination showed that memory performance continued to improve for up to 48 weeks.

But it gets even better, because this was also what they call a “crossover” study, where the subjects who originally got the placebo eventually switched over to the active treatment. And when  they did, those patients also experienced significant memory improvement.

Once again, nature triumphs when the study is designed correctly.

Here are the nutrients that were included in this formula:

  • EPA (300 mg)
  • DHA (1,200 mg)
  • Phospholipids (106 mg)
  • Choline (400 mg)
  • Uridine monophosphate (625 mg)
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol, 40 mg)
  • Selenium (60 mcg)
  • Vitamin B12 (3 mcg)
  • Vitamin B6 (1 mcg)
  • Folic acid (400 mcg)

As you can see, these are very common supplements. You probably take many of them already anyway. And, I would bet that with a little tweaking, you could get an even better benefit. Say by using full-spectrum vitamin E instead of the synthetic that was used in this formula. And adding some nutrients and other supplements that help support circulation and blood flow to the brain.

But these are really just a few of the things you can do to prevent (or even reverse) the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. I’ll give you the full scoop on natural ways to combat Alzheimer’s–including how you can stop what may be the most overlooked cause of all–in the September issue of my Logical Health Alternatives newsletter.

“Efficacy of Souvenaid in Mild Alzheimer’s Disease: Results from a Randomized, Controlled Trial,” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2012; 31(1): 225-236