University of Maryland Medical Center Researched the ingredient Huperzine-A
Follow these tips for a healthy diet:
- Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes) and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).
- Eat foods high in B-vitamins and calcium, such as almonds, beans, whole grains, dark leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), and sea vegetables such as kelp and dulse.
- Eat more high-fiber foods, including beans, oats, and root vegetables (such as potatoes and yams).
- Avoid refined foods such as white breads, pastas, and especially sugar.
- Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats and cold-water fish.
- Use healthy oils in foods, such as olive oil
- Reduce or eliminate trans-fats, found in commercially-baked goods, such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
- DO NOT smoke.
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered water daily.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.
- Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) shows some evidence for treating early Alzheimer disease and vascular dementia. However, one large randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that ginkgo did not prevent Alzheimer disease or dementia. If you are taking blood-thinning medication, such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), or aspirin, DO NOT use ginkgo without your doctor's supervision.
- Huperzine A, a chemical made from the plant Huperzia serrata, may improve memory in both vascular and Alzheimer dementia, according to several studies in China. More research is needed. Huperzine A may slow your heart rate and can interact with many medications. DO NOT take huperzine A if you have liver disease, or if you are about to have anesthesia. Huperzine A may be associated with gastrointestinal blockage. There is also concern that Huperzine A may worsen emphysema. Talk to your doctor before taking huperzine A if you already take medicine to treat Alzheimer disease.
- Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) leaf extract, called Brahmi, is used in Ayurvedic or Indian medicine to improve brain function and learning. However, no scientific studies have looked at bacopa to see whether it might work for dementia. One study found that 300 mg per day for 12 weeks seemed to improve brain function in healthy people. Bacopa may slow your heart rate. People with stomach ulcers, intestinal problems, or emphysema should not tale bacopa.
- Vinpocetine (isolated from Vinca minor) may increase blood flow to the brain and help the brain use oxygen better. More research is needed. Vinpocetine may interact with blood-thinning medicines such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), and aspirin.
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