Would the drug Prevagen be helpful for someone with dementia?

Cosmogal10 asked...

I recently read about a drug called Prevagen that claims to give one a healthier brain, sharper mind, and clearer thinking. Is this good for someone with Alzheimer's or Dementia?

Expert Answer

Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

Prevagen contains apoaequorin that is used in basic research because it produces bioluminescence when it binds to calcium. There are no published studies in scientific journals about its effectiveness in humans and the industry study presented on the website involved only 56 healthy individuals. There is no way to find out if the results were actually significant. Therefore, I cannot recommend Prevagen for somebody with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, and its effects in healthy individuals are also highly questionable.