Alzheimer’s disease is a condition affecting the brain and slowly causes problems with memory, thinking, and doing simple tasks.

In functional/medicine, the approach to managing Alzheimer’s disease centres on addressing changeable lifestyle factors and underlying biological causes. Key functional assessments involve checking for exposure to toxic metals, evaluating nutrient levels, balancing hormones, and examining gut health and the microbiome. The strategy includes nutritional interventions to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, support brain health, and boost mitochondrial function. Personalised treatments, encompassing stress reduction techniques, improved sleep, regular physical activity, and tailored nutritional supplements, are employed to potentially enhance cognitive function.

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Case study

Fiona*, female, 72-year-old, retired, Costa del sol, Spain

Address Alzheimer with Functional/Medicine

Daily Life Challenges: Fiona’s Alzheimer’s impacted her memory, clarity of thought and ability to carry out routine activities, causing feelings of frustration and a sense of loss. Conventional Treatments and Side Effects: Traditional Alzheimer’s medications, which have shown no evidence of modifying the disease or improving outcomes, provided Fiona with little to no lasting cognitive benefits and were also accompanied by several unwanted side effects.

*The case study uses “Fiona” as a pseudonym to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

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Fiona’s Personalised Plan

Dietary Changes: Fiona followed a Mediterranean-inspired diet, emphasising omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and low-glycemic carbohydrates.

Supplement Protocol: We incorporated anti-inflammatory supplements, including omega-3, vitamin D3/K2, curcumin, B vitamins and Coenzyme Q10 to support her brain health.

Lifestyle Adjustments: We introduced daily walking and integrated music therapy, known for its powerful benefits in cognitive function and emotional well-being.

The Results

After six months, Fiona became more involved and energetic in her daily activities, noticing improved digestion and lower stress levels. This marked improvement underscores the success of a holistic and tailored approach in treating Alzheimer’s disease, especially through changes in diet and lifestyle.

“From the very beginning, Fabiola took the time to understand my unique situation, and her tailored treatment plan has led to noticeable improvements in my cognitive function and overall quality of life.”