Soon doctors may find a low-dose treatment for dementia with a marijuana compound as it is found to be helpful in reversing memory loss that happens to dementia patients and also improve cognitive skills.
A study by researchers of the University of Bonn in Germany found that the brain in mice ages much faster when it fails to possess any functional receptors for tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. But treating it with THC produce similar chemicals produced naturally in the body to perform the barian functions.
“With increasing age, the quantity of the cannabinoids naturally formed in the brain reduces. When the activity of the cannabinoid system declines, we find rapid ageing in the brain,” said Andreas Zimmer, the lead researcher and professor at the University of Bonn.
In their trial on mice, the researchers injected a small quantity of THC to mice aged two, 12 and 18 months over a period of four weeks and it resulted in cognitive functions of the older mice become as good as the two-month-old mice. “It looked as though the THC treatment turned back the molecular clock,” Zimmer said.
The next question for researchers is to determine whether the same treatment can help reverse the ageing process in the brain so as to increase cognitive skills among the old people. Statistics show that 10 percent of 65-year-olds, 25 percent of 75-year-olds, and 50 percent of 85-year-olds will develop dementia or another brain disease Alzheimer’s.
While clinical trials and final outcome of the present study takes years, here are certain tips for people to overcome dementia, especially after their mid-60s:
- Avoid eating sugar and refined carbs which can cause pre-dementia and dementia. But cutting out these, you can reverse early dementia.
People with dementia cannot manage their jobs or business affairs and tend to withdraw from family and social relationships due to high levels of mercury. To detoxify mercury, foods like kale, watercress, and cilantro and herbs like milk thistle, nutrients like selenium and zinc, besides medications may help reduce such toxins.
Optimize cholesterol with diet and herbs, to lower homocysteine (which comes from folic acid deficiency) with high doses of folate and vitamins B6 and B12. Those with high homocysteine face higher risk of developing dementia.
Consume healthy fats like avocados, walnuts, almonds and cashews, grass-fed meats, pastured chicken and eggs, olive and coconut oil.
Take a 30-minute walk daily and remain active physically instead of confining yourself to a chair or relaxing on a bed.
Eat curd, which is a good probiotic to enhance the brain-gut relationship.
Dementia can be reversed if diagnosed early and given a combination of treatment with diet, exercise, stress control, nutritional food, removing toxins, and mainatining hormonal balances, and fighting inflammation.