Memantine and Galantamine

Q Both of my parents have rapidly failing memories, bad hearts, and bad joints. They have just been started on the brand new drug memantine for memory. I want them also to take your galantamine, phosphatidylserine, and Omega-3 HeartFelt. Is this advisable? Have you looked into this new memantine drug? It’s supposed to be the “latest and greatest.” Also, what about DHEA, one of your multivitamins, and so on? In your opinion, am I overloading them with your supplements and the memantine? Am I overlapping?

Their doctor wants them to take Aricept® also. How does this relate to the above supplements? My father’s homocysteine level is through the roof, and he is now going to take extra folic acid, along with vitamins C, E, and B12. Am I doing the right thing, in your opinion? I really appreciate your attention. A dear and knowledgeable friend of mine thinks quite highly of you, and I really love your company and have the utmost respect for it. Thanks so much for any further information or help you can give me.

NANCY, New York City

A Memantine is not exactly a new kid on the block, having been studied since at least the early 1980s. However, it represents a new approach for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease, because it operates as an NMDA receptor antagonist. In a recent study with the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor donepezil (Aricept), it was demonstrated that memantine’s effects could be additive. And since we believe that the scientific literature concludes that galantamine is a better—as well as more natural—acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, it is a superior way to benefit your parents, not to mention yourself.

We also recommend Personal Radical Shield as the base nutrient formulation, along with the Mind Food Brain Maintenance Toolkit, which contains omega-3 oils, as well as more folic acid and more of the vitamins C, E, and B12. Regarding DHEA and phosphatidylserine, we say yes, but only after all of the other items.

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