Dementia

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Aromatherapy

  • In 2002 The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry published double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 71 patients which found that 4 weeks of aromatherapy with essential oil balm was able to reduced agitation and improve quality of life scores in patients with severe dementia. [Source]

Ginger

  • In 2014 Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications published an animal study which found that 6-shogaol – the active component in ginger – may be useful in reducing memory-impairment in mice with dementia. [Source]

Astaxanthin

  • In 2011 the British Journal of Nutrition published a double-blind, placebo-controlled study which found that 12 weeks of astaxanthin supplementation (6 or 12 mg/d) in 30 middle-aged and senior subjects was able to reduce levels of phospholipid hydroperoxides – a substance that accumulates abnormally in dementia patients. [Source]

Chlorella

  • In 2013 the Journal of Oleo Science published a double-blind trial in which 12 older adults were treated with 8 grams/day chlorella for 2 months. Compared to a placebo group, the chlorella group saw increased in red blood cells and plasma lutein (an antioxidant vitamin). Additionally, phospholipid hydroperoxide concentrations – an abnormality in found in dementia patients – were reduced to below baseline levels. [Source]

Coconut oil

  • In 2015 Nutricion Hospitalaria published a study in which patients with Alzheimer’s dementia were administered 40 ml/day of extra virgin coconut oil. Results showed that coconut oil was most effective in improving cognitive function in female patients and patients with serve dementia. [Source]

Resveratrol

  • In 2013 Neural Regeneration Research published an animal study which found that daily resveratrol administration in rats with dementia improved maze test escape times. Researchers also found increased levels of the antioxidant, glutathione and the protective enzyme, superoxide dismutase in regions of the brain. [Source]

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