8 Alternative Alzheimer’s Treatments and the Concerns About Them

Though there are many different alternative treatments and therapies touted for helping those who live with Alzheimer's disease, they're often unproven. While taking some supplements is unlikely to cause any adverse health issues, there are some that may cause problems, particularly where purity cannot be assured, a safe dosage hasn't been established or if the supplements interfere with prescribed medications. The Alzheimer's Association has listed eight alternative therapies that may help people living with the condition and the concerns surrounding each one. MORE: Could it be Alzheimer’s disease, depression, or both? Caprylic Acid and Coconut Oil Caprylic acid is a medium-chain triglyceride which is derived from either palm kernel oil or coconut oil. The fat is broken down by the body into ketone bodies which provide the brain with an alternative energy source for brain cells that are no longer able to use sugar (glucose) as an energy form. It was marketed as a medical food under the brand name Axona. In a phase II clinical trial of 152 Alzheimer's patients, those who took Axona alongside their usual medication reported better results on memory and cognitive function tests. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, the company was ordered by the FDA to stop marketing the product as a medical food and a phase III clinical trial of Axona as a drug showed no benefits. Some patients and caregivers use coconut oil as a cheap and easily available alternative to Axona and while many have reported positive effects, there has been no official clinical testing of the impact of coconut oil on Alzheimer's disease. Phosphatidylserine Phosphatidylserine is a type of lipid (fat), which is an important element of the membrane that surrounds nerve cells. I
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  1. Dante J Marciani says:

    Evidently the only approaches to prevent/treat Alzheimer’s disease that are supported by evidence, like the cloning of aducanumab a copy of a natural protective antibody found in older but cognitively normal people, are the immune therapeutic ones. It is unfortunate that all the vaccine studies failed, a result of the limitations of the transgenic mouse model, since all of the failed products yielded promising results in this model; and dubious vaccine formulations that rather than eliciting an immune response like the natural one, tried to replace it. Considering that by year 2050 there will be 125 million cases of this disease just in the developing countries, which means that those at risk will be several times that number, it is clear that we would need effective and affordable methods to prevent this disease. As far as I can see, only preventive vaccination will do that; an approach that it is being abandoned because of poor results obtained with questionable vaccine formulations in a less than suitable animal model.

  2. Gary DeBacher Ph.D. says:

    There is plenty of evidence that low-dose lithium can prevent Alzheimer’s, or stop it in its early stages Lithium is a naturally occurring mineral, but unlike sodium or potassium, very little lithium is obtained even in a “healthy” diet. Low-dose lithium is available by prescription (in the 150mg “pediatric” dose) or over-the-counter as lithium orotate. It’s safe in low dose, no risks or side effects. Here are two sources.



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