As yet, scientists have not definitely determined the cause(s) of Alzheimer’s Disease. There are, however, numerous hypotheses and many promising paths for further research.
For my video summary of the various views (as of this writing), see:
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One of these hypotheses has it that Alzheimer’s — and possibly other forms of dementia — are caused by (or, at least, associated with) abnormally low levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
The prevailing pharmaceutical intervention is class of drug called a “cholinesterase inhibitor.” The idea behind this is that cholinesterase *decreases* the levels of choline and acetylcholine. So, if we inhibit — that is, hinder or prevent — the breakdown of these neurotransmitters, we will effectively increase their levels in the brain.
In terms of pharmaceuticals, cholinesterase inhibitors include Donepezil ( sold by Eisai-Pfizer under the brand name “Aricept”), Galantamine (Janssen’s “Reminyl”), and Rivastigmine (Novartis’s “Exelon”).
But… some researchers — such as James Duke — believe that the herb rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) may also have cholinesterase-inhibiting properties.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a medical practitioner of any kind. This video is not intended to diagnosis or treat any condition or disease. It is for general informational or entertainment purposes only. For personalized recommendations, consult a competent and licensed professional in your area.
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