Dietary supplements are very popular. While some dietary supplements have shown slight promise at improving Alzheimer’s symptoms, no supplement can cure Alzheimer’s or permanently stop its progression.
It is important to note that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not test dietary supplements for purity, effectiveness, or safety.
No supplement is ever a good substitute for clinically proven drug therapies.
What does it involve?
Always consult your doctor before taking any new supplement. Ask your doctor for the correct dosage of any new supplement. Be sure to provide your doctor with an up-to-date list of all medications and supplements to avoid drug interactions.
Caprylic acid, a component of coconut oil, showed promise for improving memory and cognitive function in participants in early trials. Some individuals have also reported improvements in Alzheimer’s symptoms after using coconut oil. Further clinical testing is needed to determine whether caprylic acid is a safe and effective treatment for Alzheimer’s, and at what dosage it should be taken.
High intake of Omega-3 fatty acids has been linked with mild improvement in memory function in two clinical trials.
Some supplements may increase your levels of certain nutrients to toxic levels. It is possible to overdose on vitamins and minerals.
Some supplements and herbs may cause dangerous interactions with your medications.
Taking supplements may increase your risk for kidney disease.
Supplements can be expensive.