It has often happens to every one of us – we forget where we had kept our car keys, and sometimes we even walk into a room and wonder why did we come? These are quite common for almost all of us and a little amount of forgetfulness is quite normal, especially when you are too busy with certain stuffs or your mind is occupied with a lot of things. However, studies have shown that in case of a lot of people this forgetfulness progresses into Alzheimer’s disease.
You must have watched several movies where you see older people suffer from memory loss and they aren’t even able to recognize their loved ones. You must have experienced it among the elderly members of your family, wherein as the age progresses they become forgetful, and over the years they are not even able to recognize their family members. Yes, this is Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is not just a condition that old people suffers, even young adults may suffer from it. Definitely, it breaks your heart to see your loved ones in pain. On the day of World’s Alzheimer’s Day, let us know more about this disease.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s is a slow and progressive disease of the brain that is characterized by symptoms like impairment of memory and eventually having trouble in planning, reasoning, perception, and language. It is a neurodegenerative disease, wherein the brain cells die over a period of time. It is similar to dementia and the brain size starts shrinking as the tissues in the brain decreases in number. Alzheimer’s disease is undoubtedly the commonest cause of dementia worldwide.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Some of the symptoms of onset of Alzheimer’s disease are enumerated below:
- Memory loss disrupting daily life
- Facing challenges in solving problems or planning
- Experiencing difficulty in completing familiar tasks at work, home or even at leisure
- Often getting confused with time or place
- Suddenly facing problem with writing or speaking words
- Facing trouble in understanding spatial relations and images
- Poor or decreased judgement
- Misplacing or losing things and unable to trace it again
- Change in personality and mood
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Facing difficulty having a conversation
Causes of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s is neurodegenerative disease wherein the brain cells eventually starts dying. Even till date the cause of this disease remains unknown. However, protein amyloid in the brain is presumed to be the reason this disease. The protein build-up in the brain causes infection and interrupts with the process of communication between brain cells, which eventually results in death of the brain cells as well as brain shrinkage. Many state that the cause of this disease is hereditary. However, recently some causes have surfaced that are pointing to this painful disease. Some of these include –
- Anti-anxiety medicines
- Regularly sleep deprived
- Getting hurt in the head several times
- When diabetes affects the brain
These are definitely surprising but considerable causes of this painful disease. Nevertheless, there is no problem without a solution. There are certain herbs and alternative treatments that are really helpful in fighting Alzheimer’s disease and keep your brain healthy.
- Ashwagandha: Researches have found that Ashwagandha, known as the Indian ginseng or winter cherry is a highly effective herb that helps in fighting with Alzheimer’s. It is that magical herb, which helps in curing a number of ailments. The presence of antioxidants, iron and amino acids in profusion makes Ashwagandha one of the most effective and useful herb in keeping your brain healthy.
- Turmeric: The yellow coloured spice, which is primarily used in Indian cuisine, turmeric is effective in promoting brain health. Also known as “the golden spice of life”, is a powerful herb that is used in both Chinese and Indian systems of medicine since ages.
- Brahmi: Also known as Gotu Kola, Brahmi, which is enriched with several bio-chemical compounds including brahmine, herpestine, flavonoids, saponins, sterols, alkaloids, betulic acid, stimastorol, betasitosterol, bacoside and bacopasaponins helps in keeping your brain healthy. It is one of the most valued herb sin Ayurveda as a brain tonic and is capable of effectively relieving stress.
- Coconut oil: Rich in caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric acid, coconut oil is another natural way of keeping your brain healthy. Studies have shown that brain creates its own insulin and a patient suffering from this ailment loses the ability to create its own insulin. Hence, ketones present in it help in creating an alternative source of energy, which helps in repairing the brain cells.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Foods that are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids is helpful in maintaining your brain’s health. Walnuts, Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, etc. are some of the foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acid. Including these foods in your diet regularly will help in keeping Alzheimer’s as well as other such diseases sat bay.
Last but not the least, besides including these healthy foods in your diet, Yoga and Pranayam can as well help in improving the brain health and keep Alzheimer’s at bay.