Previous research has already shown that the memory test scores of Alzheimer’s patients remain stable when taking omega-3 supplements. In the presence of high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, it has also been found that supplements of B vitamins can prevent brain shrinkage, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. A growing number of studies suggest that supplementing with B vitamins, especially folic acid, can prevent dementia.
Similarly, a scientific review published in the Open Biology journal in 2020 examined the role of antioxidants and a nutrient-rich diet in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s. Authored by researchers from the University of Western Australia, the paper describes how evidence is accumulating that, through taking advantage of their synergistic effects, combinations of antioxidants may be effective not only in preventing Alzheimer’s disease but also in reversing it. Advising combining antioxidant supplements with a nutrient-rich diet, the researchers suggest such an approach may also be effective against other neurodegenerative diseases.
To access easy-to-read short summaries of studies on the natural prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, visit our Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health website.