Studies show that by enhancing blood flow in the brain, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve overall cognitive abilities and memory in older individuals suffering from memory loss. It can lead to significant neurological improvements and better memory. This is also the first time in the scientific world that a therapy that does not involve medications has been proven effective in preventing the core biological processes responsible for the development of dementia. HBOT is revolutionary in that it could provide a new means to slow the progression, or even prevent the development, of Alzheimer’s disease.

How does HBOT improve memory?

A lack of oxygen and blood can damage the brain, causing dementia. In fact, vascular dementia, sometimes called vascular cognitive impairment, is the second most common cause of dementia. By delivering 100% oxygen under pressure, HBOT treatments reduce oxygen starvation and inflammation in the brain. Therefore, oxygen floods the body’s blood, cells, and tissues. HBOT not only provides increased access of oxygen to damaged tissue, but also encourages new blood vessel formation. By improving blood flow to the brain, reducing plaque levels, and reducing hypoxia, a patient can begin to show improvements to their cognitive abilities, such as spatial recognition memory as well as contextual memory – the ability to remember emotional, social, spatial or temporal circumstances related to an event. HBOT can clear away and clearance of pre-existing amyloid plaques (treatment), and the appearance of newly formed plaques (prevention)

Can HBOT treatments prevent dementia?

If you are suffering from a neurological condition, where there is a deficiency of oxygen reaching the cells, and you start oxygen therapy early on in life, it may be possible to prevent dementia and Alzheimer disease. Scientific findings suggest that hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be able to reduce cognitive decline associated with aging. Although not guaranteed, HBOT treatments definitely hold promise in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and dementia.