Illnesses from A to Z

Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Treating dementia is one of the major challenges for medicine in the 21st century. It is above all due to the increased life expectancy that more and more people are suffering from a gradual loss of their brain function – one in every ten people over 80 years old is affected by it.
Dementia, the most common form of which is Alzheimer’s disease, is not only an extreme burden for the patients themselves but also for their relatives.

A key problem lies in the fact that a “dementia-type illness” is often diagnosed very late. The illness begins gradually with problems concerning attention and orientation, language and memory, as well as impairments during everyday activities. All of this is mostly pushed aside, played down or quickly dismissed, as the personality remains unchanged for a long time.

Early countermeasures are important to provide the best possible treatment for this illness of the nervous system. Physical and mental exercise is fundamental as prevention and support alongside the treatment of existing symptoms. At the same time, a balanced diet rich in vital substances plays a key role. Studies confirm that, as dementia develops, problems of the glucose metabolism (this is the case when the processing of glucose to gain energy and its saving in the form of glycogen no longer functions properly and there is thus a risk of diabetes), oestrogen deficiency and free radicals (these are molecules that place the tissue under oxidative stress and can thus destroy it) play a major role and various vitamins, trace elements such as zinc, and certain amino acids are important for the optimum functioning of the nerve cells.

However, the causes of the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s are not yet fully clear. Besides hereditary factors, head injuries, diabetes, hypothyroidism and high blood pressure as well as toxins such as nicotine and alcohol lead to an increased risk. To this extent, it is possible to influence one’s personal risk of illness.

Medicinal mushrooms as a fountain of youth for body and mind

Scientists have shown that Hericium contains special components, erinacines, that stimulate the nerve growth factor. This can support the regeneration of peripheral nerves for neuronal illnesses and generally be of benefit for nervous diseases.

This medicinal mushroom, which is considered a fountain of youth in Asia, is particularly rich in a balanced combination of minerals, amino acids, vitamins and secondary components with the best bioavailability for the human organism. It thus promotes physical and mental fitness into old age.

The blood flow-promoting and microcirculation-stimulating property of Auricularia can have a positive effect on dementia illnesses.

Our suggestions about the usage of medicinal mushrooms is no substitute for treatment from a doctor or alternative practitioner. Medications currently being taken or ongoing treatments should not be stopped without first consulting your doctor or alternative practitioner.