CAN HUSBAND WITH ALZHEIMER'S TAKE GALANTAMINE WITH CEREBROPLEX?
Q Dear Dr. V,
Can my husband, who has Alzheimer's, take galantamine along with his CerebroPlex? The CerebroPlex has helped him a lot. He remembers things better - like where the bathroom is, and how to go by himself - which is a real convenience for me. I thought that adding galantamine might help even more.
A Dear CH,
Alzheimer's disease entails (in part) reduced levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in certain parts of the brain. Thus, enhancing acetylcholine levels is the primary aim. CerebroPlex contains nutrients that do this, as well as other "neuronourishing" ingredients known to improve memory function.
For example, both DMAE and CDP-choline, found in CerebroPlex, enhance acetylcholine function, and CDP-choline is a precursor to acetylcholine. Galantamine also stimulates acetylcholine function, so it is likely that adding it to CerebroPlex will provide complementary benefits. However, if your husband has a medical condition in addition to Alzheimer's disease, I suggest that he see his doctor first.
Vinpocetine and Ginkgo biloba are two items found in CerebroPlex that contribute to cerebral protection by enhancing blood flow. CerebroPlex also contains the neurosteroid hormone pregnenolone, which is known to enhance memory function, as well as other neuroprotective nutrients.