Memory impairment syndromes such as Dementia, and Alzheimer’s are increasing in rates not just in developing nations but in western countries as well. Patients have been informed by doctors that these syndromes are avoidable if our brain is kept active, quit smoking, become physically fit and maintain a healthy diet. These activities may promote overall health and lower our risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. In the United States, the death rate of Alzheimer’s and dementia stand at 24.8 deaths per 100,000; this number puts the U.S as the third highest nation in the world, only to be behind Finland (34.9 deaths) and Iceland (25.1 deaths). This paper will look at whether multivitamins or homeopathic remedies are better equipped to combat or at least slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia as we grow older. Utilizing a collection of studies published by renowned medical journals, I will develop a conclusion based upon the conclusions made in those studies.
The risk for Alzheimer disease and other forms of dementia increases with age, and there is great interest in finding ways to prevent these devastating conditions. Some studies have suggested that the overall diet might play a role in preserving cognitive performance with increasing age. Currently, many people take a daily multivitamin in the hope that this may prevent dementia. A recent study published in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine found that patients who are taking a daily multivitamin should understand that doing so may not help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. This particular study was done by making two groups of individuals; one group was offered a daily multivitamin, while the other group was given a placebo. At the end of the study, participants were required to take a test specifically designed to challenge the brain. The researchers conducting this study found that the test scores between the two groups did not differ at all. Does this mean that multivitamins are useless? Multivitamins provide added health benefits but this study has shown they do little to combat the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. However, another two-year study that was conducted by Oxford University found that large doses of vitamin B pills compared to inactive placebo pills slow the shrinkage of the brain by 30%. Brain shrinkage is an early symptom of dementia, and although vitamin B does not show whether it can prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia, nevertheless, these results are promising and warrant more research.
Countries that actively participate in homeopathic remedies throughout history have the lowest rates of death caused by dementia and Alzheimer’s in the world. These countries are predominantly Southeast Asian countries such as India (3.1 deaths),...