Dementia, Relief Naturally
Natural herbs that assist with relief from dementia and those symptoms.
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Dementia, Relief Naturally
Ricardo Mazcal Herbalist and Nutritionist
Reprinted from the “PV Mirror” March, 2022
Dementia is a canopy term for a collection of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain, including devastating diseases like the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease. Millions of people in the U.S. alone are living with Alzheimer's. It can be challenging to watch someone you love deal with symptoms of dementia, often including memory loss and trouble with language, along with personality changes, delusions, agitation and less ability to solve problems or control their emotions. It's important to note that although dementia risk increases with age, it is not part of the normal aging process.
Dementia can strike people as early as 30 years old. It's certainly clear that there's a lot of pain and suffering involved with dementia and Alzheimer's. Drugs have consistently come up short when it comes to curing the disease. Natural supplements, diet, and exercise can reverse dementia and Alzheimer's symptoms.
Lower Your Risk of Dementia. Avoid processed foods. Favoring an alkaline diet and exercising lowers your risk of dementia. There are other relatively simple, meaningful steps you could take to lower your risk, too: Avoid high copper levels in the water. We need trace amounts of the heavy metal copper to survive because it's vital for bone, hormonal and nerve health. However, too much of a good thing could be bad for our brain. A study found that copper can trigger the onset of Alzheimer's and fuel the disease. The study found that copper in drinking water at levels one-tenth of the water quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency caused a toxic accumulation of the pro-Alzheimer's protein amyloid-beta The researchers can't yet say what the exact level of "too much" copper is, but if you have copper water pipes, getting your water tested for excess copper is an excellent place to start. Avoid products containing aluminum, an environmentally abundant metal that has long been implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Tinnitus was significantly associated with dementia occurrences in the 30–64 years of age. Tinnitus was associated with a 63% higher risk of early-onset dementia. Dementia is generally regarded as a multifactorial disease, and its incidence increases with age. Dementia is not a specific disease but a group of disorders characterized by the deterioration of at least two brain functions - memory and reason.
Signs and symptoms of dementia result when once-healthy neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain stop working, lose connections with other brain cells, and die. While everyone loses some neurons as they age, people with dementia experience far more significant loss.
Dementia symptoms lead to the loss of cognitive functioning such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities.
Dementia is more common as people grow older (about one-third of all people age 65 or older may have some form of dementia), but it is not a normal part of aging. Many people live into their 90s and beyond without any signs of dementia.
Common early symptoms of Dementia
finding it hard to carry out familiar daily tasks, such as getting confused over the correct change when shopping
struggling to follow a conversation or find the right word
people with dementia cannot control their emotions
being confused about time and place
personality mood changes
ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
The three progressing stages of dementia are early, middle and late and are sometimes called mild, moderate and severe because this describes how much the symptoms affect a person. Studies suggest that, on average, someone will live around ten years following a dementia diagnosis. However, this can vary significantly between individuals; some people live for more than twenty years, so it's important to try not to focus on the figures and make the most of the time left.
Herbs that can provide cognitive relief to those living with Dementia
Turmeric. Alzheimer's and dementia occur significantly less in India than Europe, which is due to turmeric and its primary component, curcumin, and their antioxidant benefits
Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
Green tea (Camellia sinensis)
Black pepper corn extract (pimienta negra)
Cochitzapotl from Nahuatl (meaning "sleep-sapote") is a tropical fruiting tree also called casimiroa and Mexican apple. It contains a natural sedative and pain reliever.
Verdolaga, Purslane ( Portulaca oleracea)
We can feel hopeful that natural integrative, personalized approaches could be the key to fighting this disease. In the meantime, it's essential to take relatively simple steps to lower your risk of dementia now — before the disease has a chance to set in. About35 percent of dementia cases could be delayed or prevented if attention had been paid to modifiable risk factors, including - early education, midlife hypertension, obesity, hearing problems, depression, diabetes, physical inactivity, smoking and social isolation.
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