Jul 13, 2012

Did Dotty Take a Lot of Dietary Supplements?

It appears that people are wondering if I somehow stumbled on to some magic bullet that slowed down, or stopped Dotty's Alzheimer's.


It appears that people are wondering if I somehow stumbled on to some magic bullet that slowed down, or stopped Dotty's Alzheimer's.


Dietary Supplements | Alzheimer's Reading Room


Specifically, I get asked often about what dietary supplements she took.

In the beginning she took a lot of supplements, never Ginkgo biloba, never coconut oil.

After a while, and after doing loads of research, I did settle in on a few items. However, the major decision was to get most of what we needed from a Mediterranean diet, a short list of foods, and a few pills.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


In my opinion a Mediterranean diet should be eaten so you get the kinds of nutrition you need. This diet is important for caregivers. You need a lot of energy to care for an Alzheimer's patients and you can get it from this diet, and by eating fruit in between meals.

Here are a few everyday items we took.
  • Cinnamon. Just shake it in coffee, cereal, or oat meal. 
  • One half Aspirin. Dotty took that everyday and so did I.
  • 2000 Omega-3.
  • A good multiple vitamin.
Things we ate a couple of times or more a week like clock work.
  • Salmon
  • Chicken
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Pears, Apples, Oranges. Pears are a must.
  • Nuts, Figs
I probably missed something, but this list is off the top of my head.

Basically, we were looking for foods, not pills, that were high in antioxidants, promoted good health, and had some medical benefits based on science.

So the answer is, no we didn't take a whole bunch of stuff that came out of a bottle. We preferred to find what we needed in good nutritious foods.

Just so you know, when Dotty was 93 years old we were still going out on Friday night around 6 PM, and coming home after 11 PM.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver.

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