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B Vitamins Can Reduce "Brain Shrinkage"

Saturday, January 29, 2011

(Excerpt from a "Nutrition & Healing" e-mail newsletter from the UK)

"Research at Oxford University recently showed that daily supplementation with high doses of certain B vitamins can cut the rate of brain shrinkage in half for older people who have mild memory problems."
"In fact, this is the largest study that's been conducted on the effect of B vitamins on mild cognitive impairment. About half of people with mild cognitive impairment go on to develop dementia within five years of diagnosis of the initial impairment. "

"What are those certain vitamins? Folic acid, B6 and B12. They're known to control levels of homocysteine, high levels of which are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's."

"Over the course of the 2-year study, 168 volunteers over 70 years old took either a high-dose vitamin B complex or a placebo tablet every day. People with the highest levels of homocysteine showed the most benefit from the Bs. Overall, those taking the B vitamins showed a brain-shrinkage rate that was half that of people taking the placebo."
"Researchers also conducted memory tests that confirmed stronger scores were related to slower brain shrinkage."
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KMICHA 2/3/2011 3:39PM

    Wow! Interesting articule! Thanks for the information!

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JULIAMOONCHILD 1/30/2011 2:01PM

    Very interesting!
Although I take sublingual B12 fairly often, it is not taken on any regualr basis. Use to take B6, too, as well as folic acid.

The article certainly gives even more reason to be taking these vitamins on a daily basis. Still, my diet is good - but stress levels - not so good. And stress can deplete our body of its nutrients faster than anything else.

Thanks for sharing.


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SUNNYH99 1/30/2011 9:23AM

    Thanks for posting this! I take a B12 sublingual tablet every few days, but rely on my daily multi-vitamin and healthy vegan diet high in green veggies for the rest. Maybe I need to supplement folic acid and B6 too.
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FUTUREHOPE49 1/30/2011 5:05AM

    Thank you! That was very interesting! I have to take b vitamins because I am diabetic. I also take brewers yeast tablets, but I will have to check out my b12, sometimes that is low on my tracker.
Ellen UK

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1COUNTRY_GAL 1/30/2011 1:08AM

    Thank you,this is emoticon and very helpful and interesting information you have provided here. emoticon emoticon Diana

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