Alzheimer’s Disease

I would like to provide recognition to all those who have suffered from Alzheimer ’Dementia and to their caregivers who stood by them lovingly throughout the physical and emotional challenges of this illness.

Currently an estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer‚Äôs dementia. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is projected to reach 12.7 million.

While dementia is a general term, Alzheimer’s disease is a specific brain disease marked by symptoms of dementia such as decline in memory, changes in thinking or reasoning, decreased focus and attention, or changes in language and behavior.

Alzheimer’s gradually worsens overtime and can be detected as early as age 40. More women than men are affected. Major risk factors are age, family history, and genetics. While researchers are still searching for a cure there, is none yet to stop the brain from declining or the aging process. However, healthcare practitioners lean on nutrition (food and supplements) in the management of cognitive health.

Researchers found that eating a Mediterranean diet slows some changes in the brain that may indicate early Alzheimer’s disease. The results point to a lifestyle change that could help reduce the risk of this type of age-related dementia.


Additionally, nutrients as dietary supplements have also been researched to support brain health and other health conditions that can contribute to cognitive decline.

Here is a chart that demonstrates the role of nutrients in foods and dietary supplements that may support brain health.




Food + Supplements = Total Nutrition





Folic Acid

TMG (Trimethylglycine)-Betaine

Vitamin B-15

Energy production

May lower homocysteine reducing risk of heart attack and stroke

Liver, clams, oyster, potatoes, banana, rice, cereal, peas, lentils Multivitamin


Fortified Foods



Suggested Intake:



B-6 (40mg)

Folic Acid (400mcg

  Omega-3 (DHA/EPA) 60% of brain is fat


DHA may be associated with dementia decline




Positive studies on heart health.

More long term for brain health

Fatty Fish:

Salmon, sardines, trout, cod



Ground flaxseed, canola, soybean, oils, walnuts


Fish Oil:

Liquid, soft gels, chews,



Algae, flaxseed, perilla, hemp oil

Suggested intake:


EPA/DHA (500mg)

(2 servings fatty fish)


EPA/DHA (1000mg)

(Heart health)

May cause bleeding in high doses. Discontinue prior to surgery

*Read labels

3,000mg fish oil=1,000mg Omega-3

Mercury Free

Phosphatidylserine (PS) Fat-like substance in cell membranes


May increases neuron transport and communication

Cow brains, Soy lecithin, egg yolks, chicken, and beef liver Soft gels, tablets



Lecithin granules/capsules

Difficult to get adequate amounts from food sources alone.
Huperzine A


Chinese herb Huperzia serrata


Cholinesterase inhibitor (delay breakdown acetylcholine, a brain neurotransmitter

Club moss Capsules Avoid if taking cholinesterase inhibitors


May interact with insulin/oral hypoglycemic agents

Ginkgo biloba Most clinically tested in Europe for cerebral insufficiency


May improve cognition


May thin blood

Ginkgo biloba nuts and seeds Leaf extracts in tablets, capsules or teas Avoid if bleeding, clotting disorders or anticipating surgery.


Be aware of possible interactions with medications


Turmeric Root (Curcumin) Anti-inflammatory




May reduces beta-amyloid and plaque


May boost BDNF.

(Brain Derived              Neurotropic Factor)

Spice (curry) – Indian and Asian foods


Natural food coloring (yellow) or flavor enhancement



Extracts in capsules  Data observational

more research needed


Caution: when taking blood sugar lowering meds or supplements


Be aware of possible interactions with medications

Caffeine Stimulant-energy

blocks sleep adenosine


Antioxidant-brain cell protection


Increases acetylcholine and cortical activity

Coffee, tea, soft drinks Not recommended Moderate amounts only.

Adults = 300mg/day



(Dark Chocolate)




Magnesium/Copper (neurotransmitters)


Stearic acid



May improve mood cognition, blood flow, HDL

Dark Chocolate

(active = cocoa)


Provides feeling of satiety


May reduces food craving and overeating



Replacement for other sweets Moderate amounts

1.5 ‚Äď 3 ounces


High amounts increase calories


Milk chocolate:

Less cocoa, high saturated fat and sugar


White chocolate:

No cocoa, high saturated fat and sugar


There has been very little or no evidence linking Aluminum to Alzheimer’s Disease. However, avoid if possible. Use sea salt instead of table salt and caution when using nondairy creamers, antacids, cans, certain cookware, and antiperspirants.







Maglione, Jeanne Marie, MS, RDN, Nutrition for Cognitive Health, Today’s Dietitian
Vol. 12 No. 1 P. 20, January 2010, https://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/011110p20.shtml


Stop by Millers Pharmacy, a Daywel Company to speak with our Nutritionist or Pharmacist about natural solutions for Brain Health.



This information is for educational purposes only. Millers Pharmacy a Daywel Company does not claim to cure any cause, condition, or disease. Please check with your health care practitioner, especially if you have a medical condition, before starting or making changes to any diet, exercise, or lifestyle program.


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