NCCAM Clinical Digest: Alzheimer’s Disease and CAM

According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s disease affects nearly 4.5 million Americans and is the most common form of dementia in the elderly. Alzheimer’s disease is an incurable disease with a slow progression beginning with mild memory loss and ending with severe brain damage and death.

While no treatment is proven to stop Alzheimer’s disease, some conventional drugs may limit symptoms for a short period of time in the early stages of the disease. Research on several dietary supplements is ongoing to determine whether they are effective in preventing or slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. This issue provides information on “what the science says”; about the effectiveness of antioxidants, Asian ginseng, cat’s claw, ginkgo, and grape seed extract for Alzheimer’s disease.


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