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Alzheimer disease is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is a loss in mental function that impacts daily life. The ability to learn, remember, and function is slowly lost. It is related to abnormal deposits of protein and twisted fibers in nerve cells in the brain. The cause of this is not known. Less common disease forms include those associated with heart disease and Parkinson disease.
There is no cure. Some medications can treat symptoms and may slow cognitive loss. Some patients and caregivers look to natural treatments to help manage changes related to dementia. They may ease anxiety, improve sleep, or improve clarity in thought process.
Dementia is serious and requires standard medical treatment and close supervision. The following alternative treatments may favorably effect cognitive function:
Supplements that may improve symptoms include:
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Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may interact with your treatment plan or health conditions. Some supplements discussed here have certain concerns such as:
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Last reviewed February 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Richard Glickman-Simon, MD Last Updated: 2/22/2019