Grape Seed Extract May Benefit Alzheimer’s Patients

A bunch of grapesTwo recent studies in mice have suggested that grape seed extract may fight Alzheimer’s disease by both reducing circulating levels of amyloid beta and inhibiting the formation of amyloid oligomers.

The first study, published in the journal Neurotoxicity Research in 2009, found that compared to a control diet, long term feeding of a diet containing 2% grape seed extract to mice genetically altered to be susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease resulted in a 33% and 44% reduction in amyloid beta levels in the brain and blood respectively.


B Vitamins Ineffective At Slowing Alzheimer’s Disease Progression

Vitamin PillsA new study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association this month, has found that high doses of three B vitamins: B6, B12, and folate, do not slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers from the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California randomly assigned 340 participants suffering from mild Alzheimer’s disease into a high dose group and a control group.


Cholesterol Lowering Drugs May Prevent Dementia

Pills spilling out of a bottleStatins, a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol in people at risk of heart disease, may also be effective in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias according to a new report published in the July 29 edition of the peer-reviewed medical journal Neurology.

The research comes out of the University of Michigan and involved the study of 1,674 elderly Mexican-Americans from Sacramento, California.


Ibuprofen And Other NSAID’s May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Paracetamol tabletsPeople who regularly take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) for more than five years are significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease according to a study published this month in the journal Neurology.

The study found that certain NSAID’s, in particular ibuprofen, cut the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by almost 50% however other NSAID’s including aspirin and COX-2 inhibitors such as celecoxib did not have an effect on Alzheimer’s disease.


High Doses Of Vitamin E May Extend Life For Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Vitamin E pillsA new study, presented at the annual Academy of Neurology meeting in Chicago this month suggests that Vitamin E, particularly when combined with a cholinesterase inhibitor, extends the lifetimes of Alzheimer’s sufferers by a significant amount.

The researchers analyzed the survival rates of 847 people who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.


Arthritis Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms “Within Minutes”

Pills in bottleA recent United States study has documented a case where an arthritis drug called Etanercept, (also known as Enbrel), caused a rapid improvement in the cognitive function of a patient with Alzheimer’s disease with minutes of the drug being injected into the patients spine.

According to the authors of the study, the patient initially appeared agitated and could not recall the state he lived in but just ten minutes after treatment, he was more relaxed, attentive, and could correctly name the state.