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“More evidence of a protective link between nutrients and the onset of dementia has been published by scientists at Kings College London.” [Source: nutraingredients.com]


Multiple studies now show that nutrition and dietary approaches can prevent the onset of dementia. In patients already suffering from the condition, some reports even suggest that recovery is possible.

In the case of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, research shows that synergistic combinations of antioxidants may prevent and reverse it. A review authored by researchers from the University of Western Australia in 2020 found that taking a combination of antioxidants was more beneficial at preventing Alzheimer’s than any other treatment currently available. The researchers noted that supplementation with vitamin C may be “particularly desirable” since the human body, unlike that of most animals, is not able to synthesize it.

Researchers from the University of Oxford in the UK have similarly shown that supplements can halt the development of Alzheimer’s. In a study published in 2015 they demonstrated that for participants with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a combination of B vitamins prevented brain shrinkage, a hallmark of the devastating condition.

To access easy-to-read summaries of scientific studies showing that nutritional approaches are effective against Alzheimer’s disease, visit our Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health website.