There are several medications specifically designed to alleviate Alzheimer’s symptoms, and they have frequently proven to be beneficial for seniors with the disease. However, researchers have discovered a few alternative solutions for treating this condition. From natural nutrients to medications for other serious conditions, North Coast Alzheimer’s care experts discuss 4 possible alternative remedies for Alzheimer’s symptoms.
1. Caprylic Acid
Caprylic acid is a form of triglyceride that is produced when palm kernel oil or coconut oil is processed. The body breaks caprylic acid down into ketone bodies, which provide energy to brain cells after Alzheimer’s disease has prevented the cells from deriving energy from glucose. A study published in Nutrition and Metabolism found participants who consumed caprylic acid performed better on memory tests and had increased brain function versus those who took a placebo. Caprylic acid is the main ingredient in the medical food products Axona and Ketasyn. Because coconut oil is less expensive than these medical foods, some people take it instead. However, no studies have confirmed the effectiveness of coconut oil on Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Diabetes Medication
The diabetes drug Victoza stimulates the production of natural insulin in diabetics, which keeps their blood sugar levels stable. This same drug may also help alleviate Alzheimer’s symptoms. Scientists at Lancaster University injected mice with Victoza and found the mice experienced a 30 percent reduction in beta-amyloid plaques on their brains. Additional studies are currently being conducted to determine if humans will experience the same effect.
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory effects on the heart and blood vessels. However, these fatty acids can also benefit the brain. The main omega-3 fatty acid found in brain cells is DHA, which is located in the fatty membranes around the brain cells. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found omega-3 fatty acids reduced cognitive decline and alleviated symptoms in study participants. Including more fish in the diet and taking an omega-3 supplement are some of the easiest ways to consume more of these fatty acids.
4. Rheumatoid Arthritis Medication
Seniors with rheumatoid arthritis are often prescribed biologics to reduce inflammation and pain in their joints. Researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered the inflammation-reducing effects of biologics also have a positive effect on the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. The study revealed biologics were able to repair damage caused by beta-amyloid buildup in the brain.
Keeping the mind active is another way to stave off the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. At Home Care Assistance, we offer a program called the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), which uses brain-boosting activities to help slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. For more information on CTM and the elder home care North Coast, NSW, families trust, call one of our qualified Care Managers at (02) 6646 3527 to schedule a free in-home consultation.