Try Combining Donepezil and Vitamin E for Alzheimer’s

Extracts from the leaves of the Ginko biloba tree and Vitamin E are just two of the therapies being investigated for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease

Try Combining Donepezil and Vitamin E for Alzheimer's

Neil Fam, BSc, MSc

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder characterized clinically by a gradual onset of progressive memory loss with deterioration in patients' social and occupational function. Changes in mood, behaviour and perception are also problematic aspects of the disease. Neuropathologically, AD is associated with the formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, with impaired synaptic function and neuronal cell death. In particular, patients with AD suffer the loss of cholinergic, noradrenergic and dopaminergic neurons. Loss of acetylcholine neurotransmission in brain areas involved in learning and memory is thought to underlie many of the cognitive symptoms of AD. This concept forms the basis of current therapeutic strategies which aim to increase available acetylcholine levels in the brain by inhibition of acetylcholinesterase.