Natural Remedies for Memory Loss/Alzheimer's/Dementia

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I hope this is useful to you...and that you send me your additions!  If something ends up working for you (or not!), so that I can pass the word on to others via this page.  :)

Disclaimer: What I'm sharing with you here are my notes for myself, just to trigger my own memory and knowledge.  As these are just my notes to myself, you may want to use this list as a starting place to do more research on your own (check the herbal glossary on the previous page, the web, etc) on any particular plant/herb/etc. before taking it.  If you have any special medical conditions, or are taking any medications, you'll probably want to check with a doctor beforehand.  In short, use my notes here as a starting place, and at your own risk, rather than as a particular recommendation!  :-)

*** Of course, being the special and completely unique person that you are, you might need to play around a bit with these to see what your body responds to best.  As with any new anything you put into your body, it's best to take the minimal dosage once first and pay vigilent attention to your body for a day or so, to make sure that you don't have any abnormal negative reactions (such as an allergic one) to it.  :-)

In addition to what you find below, you can also click here for => a page on memory loss/dementia from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies, by C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.  As you'll see, what's great about this book is that it includes remedies from many different disciplines.  You can buy it online here.

Note: These remedies are roughly prioritized by efficacy, with the exception of the Piracetam analoges, which are listed last since they're (somewhat) non-natural. (It's a pharmaceutical product, but my understanding is that it's a substance that occurs naturally in the brain but gets depleted with age [thus, the extremely low toxicidy].)

Lifestyle: I've read repeatedly that aluminum (such as that in beverage cans and anti-perspirants) has been linked to Alzheimer's.  You can avoid buying/drinking from cans, cooking with aluminum cookware, and can switch to using "Crystal Stick Body Deodorant," "Laff's Natural Crystal Deodorant Stick," or similar, which are 100% natural mineral salts and contain no aluminum chlorohydrate (available at health food stores like Whole Foods, etc).  Also, from personal experience, I can say that if you're not getting enough sleep, your memory will suffer.  After I noticed this, I checked into it and learned that the brain's neurotransmitters are replenished and a lot of memory formation happens while we sleep.  Stress also seems to interfere with the natrual memory formation process (high levels of cortisol, adrenalin, etc. in the brain).  Ie, if stress/sleep/lifestyle is the true cause of your memory problems, it's probably best to work with the cause first (or at least in conjunction with whatever remedies you find here--just my $.02.  :-)

Behavioral Changes You Can Make to Improve Memory/Cognitive Function