Also essential to prevent the progression of deterioration of neuronal tissues and vasculature is the consumption of sufficient antioxidants, and supportive nutrients, and the avoidance of free-radical sources. Well-proven antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, should be given strong consideration. In addition, vitamin E has an anti-platelet-aggregation effect assisting in optimal cerebral blood flow and the prevention of occlusive strokes and impedance of optimal blood flow. General support for nervous-system function including optimal cognition also depends on sufficient levels of each of the B vitamins to support neurotransmitter production and function. Finally, as conventional approaches to prevention of dementia have continued to focus on the use of anti-inflammatory agents such as COX-2 inhibitors, the practitioner may find that eicosapentaenoic acid from fish oil is helpful as adjunctive therapy.
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