Dementia and B Vitamins

There is news worth noting in the battle of Alzheimer’s disease. Two new studies highlight another weapon in possibly preventing it.

 

Doctors studied people with increased dementia risk and found that high dose B vitamin treatment with folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 slowed brain shrinkage over two years.

 

In the second study the B vitamin regimen slowed shrinkage of brain rations. Specifically associated with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

The benefits of the vitamins were confined to patients with elevated amounts of the amino acid called homocysteine. High levels are linked to faster brain shrinkage and dementia.

 

So if the condition runs in your family you could ask your physician to check you homocysteine level. If its elevated, high doses of these particular B vitamins may be well be worth a try.

 

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