Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that affects millions of people every day. A cure for Alzheimer’s has yet to be found, but there are many treatments available. There are also many alternative treatments available for individuals with Alzheimer’s, but there are many facts about the alternative medicines that many people are unaware of.
Herbal remedies and dietary supplements are promoted as effective treatments for fighting against Alzheimer’s, but there is no real proof of their effectiveness. Many claims of the products effectiveness are based largely on testimonials, tradition, and a small body of scientific research. The same extensive research required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) for the approval of prescription drugs, is not required for dietary supplements.
The alternative drugs may be valid for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, but there are many concerns about using these types of drugs as an alternative to physician-prescribed therapy. The first concern is that the supplements may not be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. The effectiveness and safety is unknown, because makers of dietary supplements are not required to provide the FDA with evidence on which the company bases its claims of safety and effectiveness.
The purity of the supplements is also unknown. There is no authority over supplement production, and bad reactions to the treatments are not commonly monitored. The manufacturers of the alternative medicines are not required to report any problems consumers may have with a certain product. The FDA provides reporting channels for manufacturers, health care professionals, and consumers to issue warnings about products when there is a concern. However, many of the potential side effects for the alternative medicines for treating Alzheimer’s are unknown.
Dietary supplements may have serious interactions with prescribed medications, and there are many supplements that cause concern. Some of the supplements that cause concern, include Coenzyme Q10, Ginkgo biloba, and Huperzine A . Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that occurs naturally in the body, and is needed for normal cell reactions to occur. This supplement has not been proven effective for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, and may be dangerous if too much is taken, and there isn’t a common dosage prescribed to patients.
Ginkgo biloba is a plant extract that contains several compounds that may have positive effects on cells within the brain and the body. This supplement has been proven ineffective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, although it may work to improve some cognition in social behavior.
There are few side effects associated with the Ginkgo biloba supplement, but it may reduce the ability of blood to clot, which can lead to internal bleeding. The risk of internal bleeding may increase if Ginkgo biloba is taken in conjunction with other blood-thinners, such as aspirin and warfarin.
Huperzine A is a moss extract that has properties similar to FDA-approved Alzheimer medications. This supplement is promoted as an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, and has been accepted as a treatment for mild to moderate symptoms. When used in combination with other Alzheimer medications, a person could experience serious side effects.