Top Natural Remedies for Alzheimer's and Dementia

Lithium Aspartate
Posted by Fico (NY, NY) on 02/09/2009

Alzheimer's cured with lithium aspartate???

Lithium, the rediscovered (missing?) element for your brain's regeneration
The Misunderstood Mineral

By Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.
(Reprinted From "Nutrition and Healing"
http://www.oradix.com/health-library/article.php?id=031

excerpt: There are many other research findings that also strongly suggest that lithium will protect against potential Alzheimer's disease and slow the progression of existing cases. Researchers have reported that lithium inhibits beta-amyloid secretion, and also prevents damage caused by beta-amyloid protein once it's been formed.20-23 Beta-amyloid peptide is a signature protein involved in Alzheimer's disease: the more beta-amyloid protein, the worse the Alzheimer's becomes...

Lithium Orotate - Alzheimers Disease, Aluminum, Fibromyalgia: Is There a Relationship?
http://www.smartbodyz.com/Lithium-Orotate-Alzheimers-Disease-Aluminum-Fibromyalgia-Pg2.htm

excerpt:Chris D. Meletis, N.D. reports in Vitamin Research News, "Studies show that lithium, in general, inhibits the atrophy of the hippocampus. Atrophy of the human hippocampus is seen in a variety of disorders including Alzheimer's disease."(1)

Lithium Aspartate
Posted by Fico (NY, NY) on 02/10/2009

thank you so much for your imput, I'm really looking for personal experiences before use it and your comment is of great help. nevertheless i'd like to deep more into this issue.

lithium carbonate is more toxic, it needs high levels in order to cross the brain barrier.

if lithium aspartate has that toxic effect, what is your experience with lithium orotate?

Low dosages of lithium have been found to be safe.[9] Dr. Jonathan Wright suggests 20 to 30 mg. of lithium aspartate or lithium orotate daily as an appropriate dose to stop brain aging. This is 1/3 to 1/6 the dosage of lithium carbonate used to treat manic depressive disorder. Dr. Hans Nieper of Germany has learned that lithium orotate or lithium aspartate penetrate cells more effectively than lithium carbonate so smaller doses can be used. One tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily along with 400 I.U. of vitamin E ensures that no lithium toxicity can develop

HOW TO ENLARGE YOUR BRAIN AND IMPROVE BRAIN PERFORMANCE
By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
May 5, 2004
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james11.htm

recent research has shown that low doses of lithium preserve and renew[1] brain cells. Eight of ten persons given lithium showed an increase in brain grey matter of 3 % after only 4 weeks. By promoting brain cell regeneration and increasing brain size lithium can function as an anti-aging nutrient for the brain.

Lithium also accomplishes the following benefits for brain cells:

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Lithium enhances DNA replication which is the first step to formation of new cells.
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The damaging effects of excitotoxins. (monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (Nutrasweet) etc. can be blocked by lithium.[2]
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Animal research shows that lithium can decrease the areas of cell death after induced strokes by 56 %.
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Lithium protects rat brain cells from the. increased levels of brain cell death caused by anti-convulsant drugs (Dilantin phenytoin , Tegretol, carbamazepine etc.)
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Lithium may protect against adverse effects from mood altering drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, 'uppers"and "downers", and marihuana all of which cause brain damage with long term use.
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Abnormally functioning signaling pathways may become repaired by lithium.
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The aluminum felt to be a possible cause of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). is chelated[3] by lithium so it can be more easily removed from the body.

Research has suggested that lithium blocks the secretion of beta-amyloid in Alzheimer's disease and prevents damage from pre-existing beta amyloid. Overactivity of the brain cell protein tau contributes to death of neurones in Alzheimer's Disease. Lithium inhibits this tau protein damage and the formation of the neurofibrillary tangles seen in AD.

I'm looking for natural neurogenesis boosters, like THC from hemp, but it is illegal in US.


Lithium Aspartate
Posted by Sura78 (Florence, Al) on 11/01/2011

In regards to the Lithium Oratate dosage and Vitamin E or Flaxseed oil to prevent Lithium toxicity, would Krill oil or Coconut oil suffice in this aspect as well, or does it strictly have to be the Vitamin E or Flaxseed oil? Thank you.


Lithium Aspartate
Posted by Annamaria (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) on 12/04/2012

Ted, what is your opinion regarding Lithium Orotate. I have been wary of Lithium Aspartate because of the aspartate so it surprised me to read that Dr Wright has been taking it in low doses for years.


Supplements
Posted by Fico (New York, NY) on 02/09/2009

Cure of cognitive impairment of down syndrome may help Alzheimer's sufferers.
Changing minds is a protocol to treat the cognitive impairment seen in down syndrome. After only 13 weeks of treatment the IQ start to rise. Here you can find the protocol, a documentary trailer, testimonies and research:
www.changingmindsfoundation.com

and here you can see other fragments. Watch nichole who has a dual diagnostic of down syndrome + alzheimer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_vHGmPUhQ0

keep in mind that The connection between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease is complex. Studies of the brains of people with Down syndrome reveal that, by the age of 40, almost all develop the brain changes characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.

I know the protocol use 2 prescription drugs, but one is no necessary, the other one is prosac, and its main use is for neurogenesis= creation of new neurons with strong synapses. so there is possible cure for the cognitive impairment, and the article about the lithium is very interesting, looks like it does the same as prosac. exercise stimulate neurogenesis and THC also.

changingminds's protocol

Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba - In 2003, Stanford University discovered the main culprit, GABA receptor, an inhibitor, was ON continuously in individuals with Down syndrome. (View details) The result was- it did not allow the nerves in the memory area of the brain to fire. To get the proper level of GABA, a GABA antagonist was used to turn it down. (View details) Ginkgo Biloba is a GABA antagonist which has been used for over 4000 years (View details)

Prozac (Fluoxetine)
Prozac - The University Of Maryland School Of Medicine treated Down syndrome mice with prozac for 24 days (2006). It increased neurogenesis (the formation of new nerves) to a normal level (View details). This is like increasing the hardware on your computer. It allows you to run more complicated software. In fetuses with Down syndrome, neurons fail to show normal dendritic development, yielding a "tree in winter" appearance. This developmental failure is thought to result in mental retardation (View details)

Focalin XR
Focalin XR is an ADHD medicine that increases focus and decreases impulsiveness and hyperactivity. It is a mild stimulant. As our children improved, we became increasingly aware of their inability to attend to the tasks at hand.

Phosphatidylcholine
Phosphatidylcholine is a phospholipid that makes up 50% of the cell membrane. The membrane is the lining of every nerve cell that carries our signals. We are trying to heal the brain by growing new neurons and allowing them to fire. Giving PC is like bringing the bricks to the construction site when building a house. (View details)

Formulated with a 4:1 Ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in Liquid form or Softgel pills.

Of the tens of thousands of molecules that make up the life of a cell, Phosphatidylcholine (PC) stands apart; probably the most important one of all. BodyBio PC is made of only pure phospholipids which automatically form liposomes in the watery environment of the body, but it goes one important step further.... it is also formulated with the essential lipids at a 4:1 ratio. Most PC currently available has an EFA ratio of ~12:1. BodyBio PC not only has a higher concentration of PC, up to 66% but also maintains EFA concentration at the preferred 4:1 ratio, a BodyBio exclusive.

Body Bio Balanced Oil
Body Bio Oil - There is a growing body of evidence that inflammation and degeneration go hand in hand. This oil provides the body with the building blocks to reduce inflammation and improve health. Link to references

4:1 Ratio of Organic Sunflower and Flax Seed Oil Blend in its Virgin State. Fatty acids are not only good for you -- they are ESSENTIAL! One of the very best supplement programs includes additional Essential Fatty Acids of Omega 6 to Omega 3 at a 4:1 ratio. This special formulation of organic sunflower and flax is now available as BODYBIO BALANCE!

Folinic Acid/ B 12 (methylcobalamin)
Folinic Acid/ B 12 (methylcobalamin) - Dr. Jill James has a detailed study looking at methylation and the need for these nutrients in the patient with Down syndrome. (View Details)

Dosage:

  • Ginkgo Biloba - The dose is approximately 2.5 mg/lb for the dry herb but must be adjusted on the basis of clinical response and tolerability.
  • Prozac - The dose needs to be adjusted in the range of 5 mg to 20mg/day on the basis of clinical response and tolerability.
  • Focalin XR - dosage should be individualized according to the needs and responses of the patient
  • Phosphatidylcholine - depends on age, check table below
  • Body Bio Oil - depends on age, check table below
  • Folinic Acid/ B 12 depends on age, check table below

Fico


Turmeric
Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA) on 08/15/2009

Thank you for your input, Ruma!! Could you tell us, is the water fluoridated and/or chlorinated there? What do you know about excitotoxins and free glutamic acid consumption in India? Has diet changed there like it did here in the USA from mostly homegrown, home-cooked food mostly free of pesticides and preservatives, to a lot of store-bought premade processed food? What would you say might be the cause of the rise in Alzheimer's disease in India?


Turmeric
Posted by Zark (Emerald City, The Land Of Oz) on 08/06/2013

Just wanted to point out that the "NAY" above would appear to be more specifically against Turmeric preventing cancer rather than Alzheimer's. There is pretty decent research indicating the *likely* effectiveness of Turmeric.

Turmeric is the fourth anti-inflammatory shown to help Alzheimer's that I am aware of. The other research/examples are: A DMARD injected into the neck (very controversial), NSAID's such as Aspirin (not controversial IMHO), steroids (listed on these very pages)

EC: Thanks, Zark. We'll remove that erroneous rating.


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Jim (Tacoma, Wa) on 01/23/2009

Alzheimer's seems to be caused by the herpes virus!!!!!!!!!!!!!! see for yourself-- http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081207134109.htm

Coffee
Posted by John (Glasgow, UK) on 07/19/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Drinking coffee has been tipped as a possible way of delaying and even preventing Alzheimer's disease in previous research. However these studies have only ever involved a small number of people and were reliant on participants remembering how much tea and coffee they drank earlier in their lives.

This latest study showed that cognitive decline was significantly less among people who drank three cups of coffee every day. These findings add weight to the body of existing evidence suggesting long-term caffeine intake may have a protective effect against the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

It is too soon to say our morning coffee or afternoon cup of tea is anything more than a pleasant pick-me-up. It is important to now research further how caffeine consumption impacts on dementia risk.

Coffee
Posted by Bonnyjishop (Donegal, Ireland) on 02/02/2015

Hi John

Just read with interest what you had to say about coffee and Alzheimer's, I am a big coffee drinker and am still very forgetful, But I read an interesting article about Alzheimer's and Dementia and water intake. We live in a world where today Tea and Coffee (and alcohol) is the preferred drink and yet all are diuretics, Think of the Elderly in nursing home, The Tea trolley is always around but sadly never a fresh jug of water like in hospital. Our brain needs more water otherwise it shrinks, think too when we are dehydrated we always tend to get headaches as a 1st sign, People suffer with back pain more today than ever. Usually dehydration and the kidneys crying out for water, I wonder if water is the key to better mental and physical health? Greetings from the Emerald Isle


Alzheimer's and Aluminum
Posted by Raphael (Kent, Ohio) on 10/31/2007

Re Alzheimer's and Aluminum -- I have read that Juice fasting can remove heavy metals. read up on fasting. get some books, check out curezone ETC.


Soy
Posted by Ted (Bangkok)

There are two studies that seemed to link this to the fact that drinking soy milk can help Alzheimers that I think is remotely interesting.

One study showed that the brain of an alzheimer's patient is extremely low in hydrogen sulfide, while on the other hand, it was found that baby infants who drink soy milk had high levels of hydrogen sulfide.

Now I am not saying that hydrogen sulfide is good or bad, it is one of the three gaseous molecules the body uses to control, many biological functions. The other two is nitric oxide and carbon monoxide produced in very low amounts to control the body's physiology.

It is quite possible that by taking soy, Alzheimers might be helped, remotely anyway, through the increase in hydrogen sulfide through driking soy milk. The reason being is Alzheimer's brains are low in hydrogen sulfide while soy milk causes increase in hydrogen sulfide. Ted"

Here are the two research studies. By the way, neither soy nor cow's milk is recommended for infants.

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1: J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2001 May;32(5):534-41.

Gas production by feces of infants.

Jiang T, Suarez FL, Levitt MD, Nelson SE, Ziegler EE.

Fomon Infant Nutrition Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.

BACKGROUND: Intestinal gas is thought to be the cause abdominal discomfort in infants. Little is known about the type and amount of gas produced by the infant's colonic microflora and whether diet influences gas formation. METHODS: Fresh stool specimens were collected from 10 breast-fed infants, 5 infants fed a soy-based formula, and 3 infants fed a milk-based formula at approximately 1, 2, and 3 months of age. Feces were incubated anaerobically for 4 hours at 37 degrees C followed by quantitation of hydrogen (H2), methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), methanethiol (CH3SH), and dimethyl sulfide (CH3SCH3) in the head-space. RESULTS: H2 was produced in greater amounts by breast-fed infants than by infants in either formula group, presumably the consequence of incomplete absorption of breast milk oligosaccharides. CH4 was produced in greater amounts by infants fed soy formula than by infants on other diets. CO2 was produced in similar amounts by infants in all feeding groups. Production of CH3SH was conspicuously low by feces of breast-fed infants and production of H2S was high by soy-formula-fed infants. CH3SCH3 was not detected. Only modest changes with age were observed and there was no relation between gas production and stool consistency, although stools were more likely to be malodorous when concentrations of H2S and/or CH3SH were high. CONCLUSIONS: Gas release by infant feces is strongly influenced by an infant's diet. Of particular interest are differences in production of the highly toxic sulfur gases, H2S and CH3SH, because of the role that these gases may play in certain intestinal disorders of infants.

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Alzheimer is low in hydrogen sulfide: Brain hydrogen sulfide is severely decreased in Alzheimer's disease

Authors: Eto K.1; Asada T.2; Arima K.2; Makifuchi T.3; Kimura H.1

Source: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Volume 293, Number 5, May 2002, pp. 1485-1488(4)

Abstract:

Although hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is generally thought of in terms of a poisonous gas, it is endogenously produced in the brain from cysteine by cystathionine-synthase (CBS). H2S functions as a neuromodulator as well as a smooth muscle relaxant. Here we show that the levels of H2S are severely decreased in the brains of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients compared with the brains of the age matched normal individuals. In addition to H2S production CBS also catalyzes another metabolic pathway in which cystathionine is produced from the substrate homocysteine. Previous findings, which showed thatS-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM), a CBS activator, is much reduced in AD brain and that homocysteine accumulates in the serum of AD patients, were confirmed. These observations suggest that CBS activity is reduced in AD brains and the decrease in H2S may be involved in some aspects of the cognitive decline in AD.