There is growing evidence that micronutrients can prevent and control dementia, with natural dietary approaches having even been found to enable recovery from it. In contrast, antidepressants, anticholinergics, statins, and other pharmaceutical drugs have been shown to increase the risk of cognitive impairment. Recent research suggests low levels of vitamin C are similarly linked to its development.
A review published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Research (JCTR) in 2021 examined 96 scientific articles studying the effects of nutrients and phytonutrients on cognitive function. The substances analyzed 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 JCTR review authors concluded that many of these natural substances may be promising for treating cognitive impairment, especially in people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Based on their findings, they advised that healthy adults and patients exhibiting cognitive defects would be best served to consider multiple nutrients and phytonutrients to improve aspects of their cognitive function. Other researchers have made similar findings, suggesting that synergistic combinations of antioxidants may prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s disease.
To read how B vitamin supplements and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to stop the development of Alzheimer’s disease, see this article on our website.