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Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease

What is the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that impairs memory and cognitive function. It is the most common form of dementia among seniors. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that in 2021 Alzheimer’s disease affected 5 million Americans, The Alzheimer’s Association also reports that deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased by 145%.

Alzheimer’s disease does not have any known cure or treatment but there are many things you can do to help manage the symptoms and maybe even slow down its progression. One way to help Alzheimer patients is to give them medicinal plants like turmeric juice and bacopa which are both used in Ayurvedic medicine for Alzheimer’s treatments.

These two herbs show potential for treating Alzheimer by boosting brain circulation, enhancing cognitive functions, slowing down the deterioration of neurons, protecting brain tissues from destruction by free radicals and inhibiting the formation of protein fibres that are associated with Alzheimer.

 

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What is Bacopa, also known as Brahmi herb?

Bacopa or Bacopa monnieri, also known as Brahmi herb, is a creeping plant found in marshy areas and shallow water all over India and Sri Lanka. Bacopa has been traditionally used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for its sedative and neuroprotective properties. This medicinal herb belongs to the family of Scrophulariaceae and has been studied since the 1970s for its cognitive enhancing properties. More than 120 studies have so far been conducted regarding bacopa’s benefits on brain health and function like memory, learning capacity, retention capability and concentration levels. It has been shown to improve learning skills and memory in humans. Along with Alzheimer’s, bacopa also helps improve cognitive functions like attention and information processing in healthy adults.

How can bacopa help prevent or even reverse Alzheimer’s Disease?

There are several causes of Alzheimer’s disease, some include poor blood circulation in the brain, free radicals that damage tissues and neurons, clumps of proteins called beta amyloids that prevent neural signals from being transmitted efficiently along axons etc. Since bacopa improves overall brain health by protecting neurons from destruction by free radicals through its antioxidant properties it reduces Alzheimer’s symptoms. When taken regularly over a long period of time it increases neuronal concentrations of serotonin.

How can bacopa help reduce or treat symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Bacopa helps reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms by increasing brain circulation which enhances cognitive function by building denser neural connections that improve memory recall and retention capabilities. It also reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The hippocampus region of the brain deals with learning, memory formation and spatial navigation. This region typically shrinks when someone has Alzheimer’s disease but bacopa can actually stimulate its growth. Research has shown that bacopa can increase hippocampus volume by significant levels and therefore improves memory and cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

Other benefits bacopa has on the body

Besides bacopa’s potential for improving brain health and function bacopa also has several other benefits on the body. Bacopa is often used in Ayurveda to treat asthma, ulcers, epilepsy, depression and sinusitis. This herb can be taken with milk or water daily to help reduce anxiety by lowering the stress hormone levels that cause it.

Bacopa can be taken as a dietary supplement on a daily basis to reduce the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease or to improve its symptoms quickly. It also helps relieve depression caused by neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Mood swings which are one of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented with Bacopa supplementation.

Are there any side effects associated with bacopa?

Although bacopa is generally safe, some persons experience a dry mouth after taking bacopa pills but not with natural supplements. Because bacopaside I (the active component present in bacopa) decreases urinary calcium excretion, people who have kidney stones should consult their doctor before taking bacopa.

 

Alzheimer's disease

What is Turmeric Juice and How Does it Work?

Turmeric juice is obtained by crushing turmeric root and juicing it. Curcuminoids (active ingredients in turmeric) are found to improve brain health like bacopa does by protecting axons from damage and slowing down Alzheimer’s progression. Turmeric also boosts cognitive functions like memory, attention and information processing. Similar to bacopa it has antioxidant properties which protect neurons from free radicals helps clear the protein amyloid plaques that destroy brain cells and improves overall brain circulation.

Turmeric Juice – why is it beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease patients?

Turmeric can be easily included in a daily diet without any side effects. It helps improve cognitive function by boosting neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine levels which are significantly reduced when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric juice is boiled with black pepper, ginger and water to make a turmeric drink that can be consumed on a regular basis.

People who have been drinking turmeric juice for a while report better concentration levels, higher information processing speeds and improved memory recall capabilities along with more clarity of thought processes.

Alzheimer’s patients often experience severe problems like depression due to the functional decline in their brain cells which causes loss of memories, orientation issues etc. Depression is also linked to irregular brain chemical balances including neurotransmitters. Curcuminoids have antidepressant properties which balance brain neurotransmitter levels and turmeric juice helps relieve depression caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric juices can be used along with turmeric powder to prepare turmeric tea or turmeric milk for better results in treating Alzheimer’s disease. For turmeric tea, boil turmeric powder with crushed black pepper, ginger root, water and honey to make a turmeric tea that can be consumed daily as a dietary supplement. To make turmeric milk mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 200 ml coconut milk or almond milk or cow’s milk and consume daily.

Can I drink turmeric juice every day?

Turmeric juice is recommended for consumption on a daily basis because turmeric causes no side effects. If turmeric is consumed regularly it has beneficial effects on Alzheimer’s patients by protecting neurons from damage and slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric juice needs to be consumed daily for at least 2 months to reduce cognitive dysfunction symptoms in Alzheimer’s patients.

Turmeric powder can also be used along with turmeric juice for better results in treating Alzheimer’s disease patients because turmeric causes no side effects when taken in correct quantities, unlike synthetic medicines that have harmful side effects on the body.

Bacopa And Turmeric Supplements Can Make A Huge Difference!

If you or a loved one is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, the only treatment available today may not be enough to manage symptoms. But bacopa and turmeric supplements can help!

If you’re not sure where to start with using Ayurveda as medicine, we recommend that you first try out our supplements containing bacopa or turmeric. Both are very helpful when dealing with brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

If you want to stay up to date with herbal remedies, both modern and traditional, make sure to check back on our blog.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article all the way to the end.

Caroline Fouquet
Ayurvedic Naturally
Ayurveda and Ayurvedic products have changed my life, I want them to enrich your daily life, help you pamper your body, bring you happiness, well-being and balance.

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