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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Promising Approach to Preventing Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Apr 30, 2024 08:41PM ● By Yuliya Semenovych, Elixir Health and Wellness

In the battle against neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is emerging as a promising preventative treatment. With the number of individuals affected by dementia expected to triple by 2050 to over 152 million worldwide, the need for prevention and treatment has never been more important.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy (mHBOT), traditionally used for wound healing and decompression sickness, significantly increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and brain. This enhances tissue repair and regeneration, reduces inflammation, and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. Research continues to show the neuroprotective effects of HBOT, particularly for cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.

Several studies have highlighted the potential benefits of hyperbaric therapy for brain health. For instance, a landmark study published in the journal "Aging" demonstrated that HBOT can improve cognitive functions in older adults. The study involved 63 elderly individuals who underwent 60 daily HBOT sessions. The results showed improvements in attention, cognitive processing speeds, and executive functions— three key areas affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s.

In addition to improving cognitive functions, HBOT has demonstrated the potential in reducing the rate of brain atrophy, a common feature in Alzheimer’s disease. A study conducted by the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research in Israel suggested that HBOT could significantly decrease the rate of cerebral shrinkage commonly seen in these patients, potentially delaying the progression of cognitive decline.

The benefits of HBOT are not limited to cognitive enhancement and slowing degeneration. It also has anti-inflammatory effects that are crucial in the context of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Chronic inflammation is a known risk factor for the development of these conditions. By modulating inflammatory pathways, HBOT helps protect the brain from the inflammatory processes that can lead to neuronal damage.

For those considering HBOT as a preventative therapy, it is recommended to start with a consultation with a healthcare provider specializing in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. While the therapy does not always require daily sessions to be effective, a typical regimen might involve up to 60 sessions over a few weeks, depending on individual risk factors and baseline cognitive status.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy presents a hopeful avenue for not only treating but potentially preventing the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Current evidence supports its role as a valuable tool in our therapeutic arsenal against these debilitating conditions, offering a beacon of hope for millions of individuals and their families worldwide.

At Elixir Health and Wellness we have two mild hyperbaric oxygen chambers that go to 1.35ATA, the depth shown to improve cognition. If you have a question or are interested in booking a session email us at [email protected] or book directly online at

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