A Simple Way To Prevent Brain Shrinkage

You definitely don't want your brain to shrink with age.
The reason is because brain shrinkage is a sign of brain aging and
often the first finding when a doctor does a scan on a person who
is complaining about memory loss. What you really want is a robust
brain.


As we heard recently in the media, a B vitamin deficiency has been
revealed to be linked to depression, especially in women and now
studies reveal cognitive decline also is an outcome of low B's.   
Now however, there's exciting news showing that taking B vitamins
can reduce the brain shrinkage that is often seen in aging,
Alzheimer's disease and dementia.This published study, involving
people with memory problems, found that taking vitamin B slowed
the brain-cell damage that is believed to be associated with
dementia.  In particular, the group took vitamins B6 and B12,
as well as folic acid.  This healing combination of nutrients
has been found to lower levels of homocysteine, a marker for
inflammation. High levels of homocysteine have been linked to a
higher risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Beyond that,
B vitamins are also super important for maximizing your brain
energy. This new research supports other studies linking B
vitamins to brain health.  


For example, one recent study found that older people with
higher levels of vitamin B12 were six times less likely to
experience brain shrinkage.  Other research has linked having
lower levels of one B vitamin, folate, with a greater risk for
cognitive decline. There's no doubt in my mind that the B
vitamins are essential for brain health. I've been writing about
B Vitamins and your brain health for over 15 years as well as
many other nutrients and how they have been shown to help in
the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Several B vitamins may
be the window to discovering more about the brain's power and
functions as well as detecting mental health issues, new research
suggests.  Low levels of the B vitamin folate, are associated
with symptoms of dementia and mild cognitive impairment. 
The latest study began in 1996 and includes about 1,800 people
ages 60 to 101.  B-12 deficiency has been more common because
of poor dietary habits even in the US.  The main reason is
because we don't absorb it from your diet as we age. 
According to this work, supplements will work because even if
you can't absorb it naturally through food, you can through
supplements.  Researchers found a noticeable decrease in
brain function in participants with low levels of B vitamins.
They also found that women with low levels fared worse than men.
That finding provided new evidence of an association between
lower blood levels of B's with depression and brain function.
So get your B's as well as maximum doses of antioxidants such
as A, C and E as well as critically important minerals that
jump start your brain.
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