There’s news worth noting in the battle against 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 shrinkage of the whole brain over two years.
In a second study, the B-vitamin regimen slowed shrinkage of brain regions associated with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
The benefits of the vitamins were confined to patients with elevated amounts of an amino acid called homocysteine. High levels are linked to faster brain shrinkage and dementia
If you or someone you know is suffering from dementia, or if the condition runs in your family, you could ask your physician to check your homocysteine level. If it’s elevated, high doses of these particular B vitamins may be worth a try.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Is Alzheimer’s Disease in Your Future? New Tool May Answer Question
- Gingko biloba does not prevent Alzheimer’s disease
- NIA study: A third of Alzheimer’s diagnoses are incorrect
- Omega-3 fatty acids associated with lower Alzheimer’s risk
- Eating baked, broiled fish helps fight Alzheimer’s
- Daily physical activity reduces Alzheimer’s risk
- Exercise may benefit people susceptible to Alzheimer’s
- Will coconut oil, Axona, or bacopa prevent Alzheimer’s?
- Heavy smoking more than doubles the odds of developing Alzheimer’s
- Stunning News – A Blood Pressure Drug May Protect Against Alzheimer’s
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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