Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a degenerative disease of the brain marked by progressive loss of cognitive function (dementia).

Under the microscope, a brain affected by AD shows “amyloid plaques” and “neurofibrillary tangles”. These interfere with the brain’s nerve fibers to conduct nerve impulses and thus lose cognitive function.

Possible Causes?

The cause of AD is considered by mainstream medicine to be “unknown” or “genetic” and believed to be incurable.

However, various cause theories have been studied including toxin accumulation, as AD patients tend to have elevated levels of aluminum and other heavy metals in the brain. There are at least 50 factors that are known to be associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

AD patients also tend to have vascular problems-diminished blood flow causing reduced oxygen in the brain.

One of the newest theories is that AD may be a disorder of sugar metabolism in the brain. In fact one researcher has called AD “type 3 diabetes”.

Treatment

There is a well-known association between AD and elevated homocysteine levels in the blood. Replacing simple nutrients such as vitamin B12, B6 and folic acid (and sometimes other nutrients) will lower homocysteine levels.  Careful attention to diet, supplementation, exercise and stress management can improve sugar metabolism dramatically.

Vitamin B12 and Dementia

There are other afflictions that mimic AD, which can be readily resolved. For example, one of the signs of vitamin B12 deficiency in the elderly is dementia. Patients who suffer from this have recovered with intramuscular vitamin B12 injections.