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Dementia Treatments Linked With Serious Side Effects


Several antipsychotic treatments given to patients with dementia have been linked to serious side effects including heart failure, a new study has found.

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You won’t hear it from the mainstream media, but effective, safe alternatives to pharmaceutical treatments for dementia do exist.

A review published in 2021 in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Research examined the effects of 21 different nutrients and phytonutrients on cognitive function. The researchers found noteworthy benefits to memory, attention, intelligence, vocabulary, creative thinking, reaction time, comprehension, learning, and other critical measures of cognition.

Nutrients and phytonutrients analyzed in the review included alpha-lipoic acid; B vitamins; cholinergic precursors such as choline, lecithin, and phosphatidylserine; vitamin D; vitamin E; N-acetyl cysteine; omega-3 fatty acids; rosemary; saffron; curcumin; zinc; and others. The researchers stated that many of these natural substances are promising for treating cognitive impairment, especially in people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.

Separate research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has confirmed that nutritional supplements can halt the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Carried out over a period of two years by scientists at the University of Oxford in the UK, it followed 168 elderly people and showed that, for patients with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a combination of B vitamins could prevent brain shrinkage, a hallmark of the devastating condition.

To read more about the growing evidence that B vitamins can prevent dementia, see this article on our website.