Alzheimer's disease is a chronic progressive neurodegenerative disease that adversely affects higher cortical functions in older adults. These cortical functions include:
* Ability to think
Any research that lends itself to the study of reducing the effects of the disease or stopping the progress of this disease is worth note. Below are several recent finds and research that give promising results from some of the most illegally sources:
Apple Juice May Have A Positive Effect On Alzheimer's Patients
Writing the article on the effects of Apple Juice on Alzheimer's disease, Qi Dai, MD, PhD, states, "We found that frequent drinking of fruit and vegetable juices was associated with a substantially reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease." Surprisingly, there has been enormous amounts of other research on the health benefits of polyphenols including flavonoids.
Early studies suggested that polyphenols in green tea and fruit juices may be of some help in treating Alzheimer's disease symptoms. There is stronger evidence as a results of a recent clinical trial that the polyphenols in fruit juice may help in the fight against Alzheimer's disease
Green tea is very popular in Japan and its consumption there may be the cause of the lower percent of Japanese who have Alzheimer's. Japanese who live in America and adopt the lifestyle of Americans show the same percentage of Alzheimer's as Americans.
Drinking Tea is Thought to Have an Effect
A study by the University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Pharmacology, and the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) confirmed findings that both tea intake and 4-O-methylgallic acid are consistent with the hypothesis that long-term regular ingestion of tea may have a favorable effect on blood pressure in older women. Green Tea in particular is rich in polyphenols, which have activities consistent with blood pressure-lowering potential.
The herb industry and the supplement manufacturers are making some dramatic claims for alternative remedies and cures for Alzheimer's disease. The recent findings confirm that fruit juice in the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer's disease may be worth pursuing.
As the new study points out, any new treatment that could halt or even slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease would have a major impact on the quality of life for patients, as well as reducing the staggering health care costs associated with the disease.
Marijuana Shows Promise in Treating Alzheimer's
It is an interesting discovery that may usher in a new hippie movement as scientist at the Scripps Research Institute found that the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, inhibits the formation of amyloid plaque. The amyloid plaques on the brain are the primary marker for Alzheimer's disease.
It may take many years for evidence to pile high enough for experts to reach a consensus on any one treatment for Alzheimers. In the meantime, Alzheimer's treatment will continue to rely on documented evidence.