There are a number of medications that are approved for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. There are also many more supplements, herb, foods, vitamins and other preparations that have been tried and still touted as treatment. One has to be careful when deciding on whether to take something for Alzheimer’s’ (as well as other medical conditions) that have no cure or even dramatically effective treatment. Things can be promoted as “possibly effective” or even “proven effective” but the standards for this proof are often much looser for non-FDA approved supplements and food products rather than medication.
US chemists have devised an efficient synthesis of a natural product with great potential as a protectant against chemical warfare agents and in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.Huperzia serrata, one of an ancient lineage of plants known as the firmosses, has been much in demand lately because it contains a chemical known as (-)-huperzine A. This alkaloid is a potent and selective inhibitor of acetylcholine esterase, and as a result is able to counteract the action of certain chemical warfare agents, such as sarin and VX. There are also strong suggestions that it may slow the progression of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. A team of organic chemists led by Seth Herzon at Yale University, New Haven, has now developed a high-yielding route to this elusive natural product, opening up opportunities for its wider clinical evaluation.'The primary obstacle to the clinical development of (-)-huperzine A has been one of supply,' says Herzon. He points out that the average
About 5-8% of all people over the age of 65 have some form of dementia, and this number doubles every five years above that age. Dementia is the loss of mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with people’s every life and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia in aging people. American typical diet contains high amount of saturated and trans fat, artificial ingredients with less fruits and vegetable which can lead to dementia and other kind of diseases.
Huperzine A is a substance extracted from a plant called Chinese club moss (Huperzia serrata). In traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese club moss has long been used to reduce inflammation and to sharpen memory. Sold as a dietary supplement, huperzine A is typically touted as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
Studies have demonstrated that proper nutrition in conjunction with physical, mental and social activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health and function.