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Natural Remedies for Alzheimers

 

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Developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) is everyone's worst nightmare. In general, a disease will negatively impact either a physical or a mental function; AD seizes both. It slowly and steadily destroys memory, logical thought, and language. Simple tasks -- how to eat or comb hair, for example -- are forgotten, and once AD develops there's no turning back the clock.

The disease is named for Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German doctor who, during an autopsy in 1906, discovered physical changes in the brain of a woman who had died of a strange mental illness. He found plaques and tangles in her brain, signs that are now considered hallmarks of AD. Though there is no way to eliminate Alzheimer's disease, there are several home remedies that can prevent its onset.

A Progressive Disease

AD is one of a group of brain disorders called dementia, which are progressive degenerative brain syndromes that affect memory, thinking, behaviour, and emotion. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia; between 50 and 60 percent of all cases of dementia can be attributed to AD.

Early symptoms include difficulty remembering names, places, or faces; and having trouble recalling things that just happened. Personality changes and confusion (such as when driving a car or handling money) are also early symptoms. Eventually, mild forgetfulness progresses to problems in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. And physical breakdown occurs, too, partly because tasks such as eating and drinking are simply forgotten or too difficult to accomplish.

While we don't yet know the cause of AD, we do know that there are dietary and environmental factors. A stealth virus, which lies dormant for years, also is being studied as a possible cause, as are heredity factors. Aluminum has been suggested as a contributing cause, but the jury is still out on that. Most researchers believe, however, that if aluminum plays a role in the development of AD, it is a minor one.

Although there is not yet a cure for AD, the picture is not as bleak as it was even a decade ago. Research has discovered remedies that can help alleviate symptoms and slow the advancement of the disease, as well as aid those who suffer from AD, particularly with regard to hygiene, which can become a problem as AD progresses and personal care becomes difficult. And the good news is that many of these remedies and aids can be found right in your kitchen.

Home Remedy for Alzheimer

· The best and easiest way to cure Alzheimer's disease is to have lots of raw carrots. Consumption of carrots, as salad or in the form of juice, helps improve memory.

· Eating fish has been found to be beneficial for people suffering from Alzheimer's. It aids normal functioning of the brain.

· A study claims that proper intake of Vitamin E slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 25%. Almonds, avocado, hazelnuts, vegetable oils, whole grain products and egg yolk are some of the food’s rich in Vitamin E. Try to consume these food items as much as possible.

· Eating pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds improve brain functioning and help in treating Alzheimer's.

· Patients with Alzheimer's should make it a habit to write down their regular routine. They must try to memorize it and thereafter, recall it after some time.

· Biofeedback is also a good way to cure Alzheimer's. In this process, the patient is made aware of his quantifiable bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar and skin temperature. This raises the patient's awareness as well as his conscious control of the involuntary physiological activities.

· Regular exercise has known benefits for heart health and may also help prevent cognitive decline. Exercise may also help improve mood.


Sources:

health.howstuffworks.com

iloveindia.com


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