Alzheimer Nutrients and Herbs

Nutrients

The table below shows the Alzheimer Nutrients:

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

Acetylcholine 500 mg 3 times daily, on an empty stomach. Deficiency has been implicated as possibly causing dementia.
Acetyl-L-carnitine 500 mg twice daily. May enhance brain metabolism. Slows down deterioration of memory and reduces the production of free radicals. Alzheimer Nutrients.
Boron 3mg daily. Do not exceed this amount Improves brain and memory function.
Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Supports the immune system’s detoxification of many dangerous substances.
Coenzyme Q10 100-200 mg daily. Increases oxygenation of cells and is involved in the generation of cellular energy.
Folic acid As directed on label. To aid in controlling homocysteine levels. Studies have shown high levels of homocysteine in this disorder.

Iron

As directed by physician. A deficiency may be present.
Caution: Do not take iron unless prescribed by your physician. Alzheimer Nutrients.
Lecithin granules 1 tbsp 3 times daily, before meals. Needed for improved memory. Contains choline.
or capsules 1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.
Multivitamin and mineral complex All nutrients are necessary in balance. Use a high-potency formula.
with potassium 99 mg daily. Needed for proper electrolyte balance.
Phosphatidyl serine 300 mg 3 times daily. Improves memory. Alzheimer Nutrients. However, this was from bovine sources, which are no longer available, and the efficacy of newer products has not been determined.
Pycnogenol 60 mg three times daily. Potent antioxidants that readily pass the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells from free radical damage.
or grape seed extract As directed on label.
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) 400 mg twice daily. Lowers homocysteine levels.
Caution: Do not use if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants.

Selenium

200 mcg daily. Powerful antioxidant for brain cell protection.
Trimethylglycine (TMG) 500—1,000 mg daily, in the morning. Assists the body in utilizing vitamin B12, folic acid, and vitamin B6. It also helps to rid the body of toxic elements (such as homocysteine) and increases levels of the natural mood elevator S-adenosylmethionine.
Vitamin A 15,000 IU daily. Deficiencies of antioxidants expose the brain to oxidative damage.
plus carotenoids (including beta-carotene) 25,000 IU daily.

and vitamin E

200 IU daily. An antioxidant that helps in the transport of oxygen to the brain cells and protects them from free radical damage. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
Caution: If you are taking blood-thinning medication, consult your physician before taking vitamin E.
Vitamin B complex injections 2 cc 3 times weekly or as prescribed by physician. Needed for brain function; aids in the digestion of food.
plus extra vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 1/2 cc once weekly or as prescribed by physician. Deficiency can cause depression and mental difficulties.
and vitamin B12 1 cc 3 times weekly or as prescribed by physician. Important for brain function. Deficient in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Injections (under a doctor’s supervision) are fast and produce good results.
or vitamin B complex 100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). If injections are not available, use a sublingual form.
plus extra pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 100 mg 3 times daily. Plays a role in converting choline into acetylcholine, needed for memory.

Zinc

80 mg daily, in divided doses. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Powerful immune system stimulant. Necessary for T lymphocyte function, which is needed to fight infection.
Apple pectin As directed on label. Aids in removing toxic metals such as mercury, which can contribute to dementia.
Calcium 1,600 mg daily, at bedtime. Has a calming effect and works with magnesium.
and magnesium 800 mg daily. Acts as a natural calcium channel blocker.
Free form amino acid 1,000-2,500 mg daily, 1 hour before meals. Take with 8 oz of fluid and a small amount of vitamins B6 and C for better assimilation. Needed for improved brain function and tissue repair. Use free form amino acids for best absorption.
Huperzine A 100 mcg daily. Improves cognitive functions and may improve short-term memory.
Kelp 1,000-1,500 mg daily. Supplies needed mineraIs and aids in thyroid function.

Melatonin

2-3 mg daily, taken 2 hours or less before bedtime. Improves brain function and aids sleep. Reduces cell destruction in the brain and has antioxidant properties.
RNA and DNA As directed on label. These are the brain’s cellular building blocks. Use a formula containing 200 mg RNA and 100 mg DNA per tablet.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you have gout.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) As directed on label. A potent antioxidant that improves utilization of oxygen.
plus copper 3 mg daily. SOD needs copper to function properly as an antioxidant. Alzheimer Nutrients.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 6,000-10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Enhances immune function and increases energy level; a powerful antioxidant. Use a buffered form.

Herbs

❑ Butcher’s broom promotes healthy circulation.

❑ Curry consumption in nondemented patients seemed to improve cognitive performance. Whether it helps patients who already have Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, but it is certainly reasonable to include it when cooking.

❑ Ginkgo biloba extract, taken in liquid or capsule form, acts as an antioxidant and increases blood flow to the brain. According to a report published in the October 22, 1977, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), ginkgo biloba extract can stabilize and, in some cases, improve the mental functioning and social behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease. This was later confirmed in a 1997 study. Take 100 to 200 mg of ginkgo biloba extract three times daily. Alzheimer Nutrients.
Caution: Do not take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.

❑ Kava kava and St. John’s wort help to calm people who anger easily. (Alzheimer Nutrients)

Cautions: Kava kava can cause drowsiness. It is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, and it should not be taken together with other substances that act on the central nervous system, such as alcohol, barbiturates, antidepressants, and antipsychotic drugs. St. John’s wort may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. It may also produce anxiety, gastrointestinal symptoms, and headaches. It can interact with some drugs including antidepressants, birth control pills, and anticoagulants.

❑ Recent studies from Japan suggest that curcumin (a compound in turmeric) and rosmarinic acid inhibit the formation and extension of beta-amyloid fibrils, and destabilize existing beta-amyloid plaques. The recommended dosage for curcumin is 600 mg a day. Rosmarinic acid is a plant phenolic that is present in significant quantities in oregano, sanicle, gypsywort, rosemary, marjoram, the mints, and sage. Capsules commonly contain 35 milligrams of rosmarinic acid; four to six capsules (140 to 210 milligrams) a day is the normal dosage.
Cautions: Do not use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder, or are pregnant or nursing.

❑ The Chinese herb qian ceng ta (Huperzia serata) increases memory retention. This is the same herb that is the source of huperzine A, and it is also known as club moss. Pure and standardized extracts of this herb have been shown to increase mental acuity, language ability, and memory in a significant percentage of subjects with Alzheimer’s disease. It is a potent blocker of acetylcholines-terase, an enzyme that regulates the activity of acetylcholine, which is an important chemical of the brain that maintains healthy learning and memory functions.

❑ Valerian root improves sleep patterns when taken at bedtime.