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are there any natural/drug free treatments for dementia?

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Dr. Saira Dar
Family Medicine 23 years experience
No treatment yet: There are non pharmaceutical ways to prevent dementia such as brain exercises, healthy lifestyle and exercise in young age but there is no "non drug" treatment available. Huperzine is supposed to be a natural chinese supplement available over the counter that has shown some benefit but no substantial data supports it. Thanks.
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
If you use mental: Exercises like puzzles and crosswords, they need to be a bit difficult. If they are too easy they will not be effective. Also, some people have found coconut oil to be helpful though large studies still need to be done. Peace and good health.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Depends: There are no drug or non-drug treatments that are known to modify the course of these illnesses. There are suggestive data that exercise, a Mediterranean diet and ongoing learning can delay the onset of certain types of dementia. Many many symptoms can be treated both behaviorally and with appropriate medications to decrease suffering.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Yes, but: The natural approaches apply medical foods to the process, yet, these remain prescription items. Biologically active B vitamins assist the elderly in the required chemical transformations that are lost in aging. N-acetyl-cysteine is a precursor to increase levels of glutathione, the main free radicle control in the brain. Other products include Axona, phosphatidyl serine, alpha lipoic acid.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
By the time dementia is obvious, any treatment, diet or conventional, is generally too late to do much good,
May 22, 2015
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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No: Please don't forget arsenic is natural thus natural does not equal safe not effective. There are studies or interest with fish-oil, tumeric, Co-Q-10, and mediterrainian diet but no results yet. Keeping the brain active and exercise also may offer some protective benefit.

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