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Natural Help for Alzheimer’s: Common Recommendations to Help Slow the Progression

Natural health experts have known for some time that lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements can slow the progression of age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Following are the most common recommendations, excerpted from

 • Institute a program of daily exercise to improve circulation and help keep the brain oxygenated.
 • Get adequate mental exercise through reading and socializing.
 • Consume a diet rich in antioxidants, with an emphasis on whole grains, fruits, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
 • Consider taking a daily low dose of aspirin. Some studies have found that aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
 • Supplement with vitamins C and E.
 • Use a daily multivitamin that provides folic acid and other B vitamins.
 • Give American or Asian ginseng a try. Preliminary studies indicate that ginsenosides (the active ingredients in ginseng) may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and improve memory and behavior.

Before taking any supplements or over-the-counter drugs, it’s essential to consult a physician to determine the proper supplements and safe dosage for optimum effectiveness.

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