Alzheimer’s disease is currently the world’s leading cause of dementia, decreasing the quality of life for millions of older people, worldwide. It was estimated that in 2006, up to 26.6 million people over the globe were affected by Alzheimers disease. Alzheimer’s causes memory and cognitive loss, confusion, anger and mood swings, and eventually leads to the loss of minor and major bodily functions. It is unclear whether current conventional treatments for Alzheimer’s disease only mange the symptoms, or if they actually slow the progression of the disease. However, it is clear that there are many preventative measures which work. One of the newest to be discovered is rosemary, a favorite companion of roast lamb and extremely easy therapy to administer.
Alzheimer’s progresses over the course of years. Some of the earliest symptoms may be evident up to 8 years before clinical diagnosis is possible according to current guidelines. People experience memory loss, difficult paying attention, and sometimes difficulty conceptualizing relationships and semantics. This may progress so that a patient with Alzheimer’s disease forgets how to do things with their body, like going to the toilet, or using a fork to eat. Vocabulary shrinks, and speech difficulties become more severe and more common. Eventually, apathy and exhaustion are quite common -these are separate from the usual lowered energy of old age, which unfortunately often accompanies Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease is currently thought to be caused by lowered biosynthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and amyloid beta deposits. However, despite being relatively certain of the cause (or at least the major neurological symptom) of Alzheimer’s disease, we are still not able to completely cure the disease once it has begun, or pinpoint the exact factor which causes some individuals to develop it.
It has recently been determined that one of the best things you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, if you have a family history, is to use rosemary. Rosemary was thought by the Ancient Greeks to have great power for improving memory, and students used to wear wreaths of it around their necks while sitting examinations to improve their mental faculties.
The ingredient in rosemary which helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease is carsonic acid. It can help prevent Alzheimer’s symptoms and keep brain function intact long into old age. Carsonic acid protects the brain against free radical damage, and can also be efficacious in the prevention of stroke and general neurodegeneration.
Rosemary is supposed to prevent normal aging of the brain, and also improve memory. It does this by activating a signaling pathway in the brain, which protects brain cells from the effects of free radical damage.
This is not rosemary’s only positive effect on your body, though. It has been implicated in preventing breast cancer, by balancing out female hormones. The free radical fighting properties also help stop aging of the skin, and aid the liver in eliminating toxins from the body. This helps to make us feel healthier and increase energy. We have also known for years that free radicals are important factors in the development of cancer -anything that fights them also gives you general protection from cancer.
These natural therapies are an excellent complement to conventional treatments for Alzheimer’s, and also critical in Alzheimer’s prevention.