Do you take vitamin B?

Vitamin B can help with memory

Scientists from Oxford University said that it is helpful to take daily tablets of large doses of B vitamins. The dosage can halve the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people with memory problems. It may also slow their progression toward dementia.

The clinical trial that was just completed was the largest to date into the effect of B vitamins on so-called "mild cognitive impairment". Mild cognitive impairment is a large risk factor for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Tests still have to be done to see if the safety and effectiveness of B vitamins in the prevention of neurodegenerative conditions could be confirmed. For someone starting to have mild memory problems this could be the method to stave off the onset of Alzheimer's.

People who are over 70 can suffer from Mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI will affect about 16% of that age group. This is a worldwide condition. It is characterized by slight problems with memory loss, language or other mental functions. Of the 16% affected about 50% will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease within five years.e for which there are few treatments and no cure, and which affects 26 million people around the world.

The B vitamins used were very much a clinical dosage. They contained about 300 times the recommended daily intact of B12 with four times daily advised levels of folate and 15 times the recommended amount of B6. The B vitamins control levels of an amino acid called homocysteine in the blood. High blood levels of homocysteine are linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Those given the high dosages had less brain shrinkage then those who did not. So not only do we lose bone mass but we lose brain mass as we get to our "golden age". Aging certainly isn't for cowards!

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