Dementia is the group of conditions that affect memory, language; problem-solving and thinking skills that affect an individual’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. There are 50 million cases of dementia worldwide and every year 10 million cases are registered.
Dementia is a group of diseases just like heart disease which includes various conditions related to the brain like Alzheimer’s which accounts for 60-70-% of the cases. Various changes in the brain due to age are responsible for this condition which affects day to day activities which are controlled by our brain like speech, memory, thinking, problem-solving, cognitive activities, etc.
Dementia is the major cause of disability and dependency among older people. It becomes very difficult for a person with dementia to take care of since they lack performing daily activities on their own.
There are three stages of dementia: Early-stage: In this there are no major symptoms and therefore it is usually overlooked. However, forgetfulness, losing track of time, and becoming lost in familiar places are commonly seen symptoms. In the second or middle stage, symptoms become clearer like forgetting people’s names, becoming lost at home, difficulty in communication, thinking disability, repeatedly asking the same question. The third stage is more complex wherein an individual is totally dependent on family for daily activities. He becomes unaware of the present time and place, difficulty in recognizing the relatives and family members, difficulty in walking and needs self- assist care.
Overall dementia is quite a critical condition that affects the brain and therefore those falling in stage one should start taking preventive measures from the beginning itself to stop its progression. As a part of prevention, this article will focus on 5 herbs which can help to prevent dementia in later stages of life.
The active component of turmeric is curcumin which is the most powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory substance helps to block the formation of beta-amyloid, the plaques that hinder the brain function in Alzheimer’s. Turmeric milk is the best way to inculcate turmeric on a daily basis in the diet. Turmeric in regular food, juice with amla or plain turmeric water can be used. Make sure you have black pepper also along with turmeric because the piperine content of black pepper helps in the maximum absorption of curcumin by2000%. It helps to break the amyloid plaques which are the reason behind Alzheimer’s.
The holy basis is the most ancient plant which is seen in almost all houses. Since ages, the holy basis is eaten raw or mixed as an herb in various cuisines due to its amazing flavor. It is also used to treat dementia. Holy basil basically helps to reduce stress and fatigue which may result due to dementia in the long run. It helps to treat the neurological defects in the long run. Also, improves memory if taken regularly. Its regular use has shown positive results in treating depression as well since it has anti-depression properties. Holy basil is also an excellent remedy for treating cough and cold if its extract or juice is mixed with honey and turmeric.
This herb is the oldest living spice that has a lot of health benefits other than treating and preventing dementia. This herb helps to treat vascular dementia, memory loss, mood disturbances, cognitive disturbances, and depression. This herb is recommended in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. It improves the blood flow towards the brain by supplying continuous oxygen and improving overall brain functions. Extract of this leaf can be taken as juice early morning empty stomach for maximum benefits.
This herb is used in China for the past 1500 years to slow down the process of aging and disease. It helps to treat vascular dementia. It also helps to boosts immunity and slows the aging process. It also helps to improve the thinking process. This old Chinese herb has shown amazing effects on many people. Various studies have been conducted to see the effect of this herb on memory, cognitive function, and aging and it has positively proved its effects. This herb being cheap in price can be easily purchased by all people.
This potential herb also has a lot of positive results in treating dementia. One of the oldest herbs helps to boosts memory, improves cognitive function, thinking ability, helps to stay alert and improves the overall brain function. Its herb is also easily available in the market and in fact, is mixed with many products like tea powder so that it can be daily available to the body. People who have crossed 50 years of age are recommended to have Ashwagandha on a daily basis.