Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative condition, currently believed by science to be incurable.
There are at least three forms of treatment for patients with this diagnosis: pharmacological including cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine; physical rehabilitation; and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Each treatment path is adjusted according to the phase in which the patient is diagnosed and the psychological or neurocognitive symptoms that are presented, such as memory loss, changes in mood, apathy, and disorientation. Many of these symptoms result in limited capability and independence with regards to daily living activities, such as dressing, using the telephone, managing money, and cooking. Each case is unique and varies depending on the patient's background and current environmental and psychosocial condition, and all treatments are moderating symptoms, not curative.
Cognitive, behavioral and emotional symptoms are the result of changes in the brain associated with several causes, one of which is increased deposits of beta-amyloid plaques, tangles of protein in the brain. Many treatments have been tested over the past 25 years but have failed to achieve curative or desired results.
Recent studies published in the Journal of Alzheimer´s Disease and Pharmacological research have shown the benefits of including natural products such as turmeric, hemp extract and other plant derivatives in diets and dietary supplements to protect the brain and improve its functioning both in healthy people, those at risk of developing AD and those with a current diagnosis. With time and continued research we look forward to better understanding the positive impact on mental health and quality of life that these natural compounds may contain, as well as the potential to develop a treatment for one of the most socially and economically impactful diseases worldwide.