Alzheimer’s disease could be slowed down or even reversed using oxygen therapy, according to a new study.
Researchers say the therapy boosts the functioning of the human brains, and has been shown in animals to fight the build-up of brain plaque that is associated with the disease.
The team at Tel Aviv University monitored six people over the age of 60 who have experienced signs of cognitive decline.
After 60 sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy over the course of 90 days, they reported seeing blood flow to the brain improving by an average of 20 per cent. Memory test results showed an average improvement of 16.5 per cent, the team said.
By placing the patients in pressurised chambers, scientists believe more oxygen can dissolve into the tissues and mimics a state of hypoxia, which is known to have regenerating effects.
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