Mineral powder can be used to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson`s disease.
That`s because it has a wide range of chemical ingredients that protect against the disease, said Dr. Robert J. Anderson, a clinical scientist at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
“When you look at the chemical elements, the most common ones are carbon and nitrogen,” Anderson said.
Anderson said he tested the mineral powders for the potential benefit of Alzheimer`s and Parkinson�s.
He found that all three types of Alzheimer�s disease drugs were significantly more effective against the mineral powder.
The drug, called Zyrtec, has been used for more than a decade to treat some forms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson`d and other diseases.
But the company doesn�t know if it will work for all forms of dementia.
There are about 20 different types of minerals and minerals in the earth that are known to have potential for protecting against Alzheimer`t diseases, said John R. Whelan, chairman and chief executive of Whelans Chemical Co. of San Diego, Calif.
He said the company is also testing a mineral powder that could protect against Parkinson�d disease, which is caused by a protein known as Parkinson�b, or the Parkinson-like symptoms that can develop in the late stages of Alzheimer”s.
The powder is made by combining powdered minerals called osmium, phosphorus, magnesium and sulfur with water.
Researchers have found that some minerals can prevent or delay the progression of Alzheimer disease, Anderson said, but it remains unclear whether those minerals work against Alzheimer.
In a clinical trial, Anderson and his team tested a combination of the mineral and vitamin pills for the treatment of Parkinson�t disease.
The pills were taken every day for a year and then stopped.
The mineral pills were given once a week and then again every day until the Parkinson�ts symptoms disappeared.
While researchers have found a drug to prevent Parkinson�ll disease, they haven�t been able to prove it works in people with dementia.
Anderson said the results are promising and may be able to treat people with Alzheimer`d or Parkinson`t disease with the same dose of pills.