Scientists have just anounced that B vitamins are linked to preventing the memory loss associated with Alsheimer’s disease.
Nearly 20% of people ages 70 or older suffer from mild cognitive impairment. About half of them go on to develop some time of dimentia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Oxford University discovered that B vitamins reduce brain shrinkage by nearly half. Memory loss is associated with brain shrinkage. “It is our hope that this simple and safe treatment will delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease in many people who suffer from mild memory problems,” explained Professor David Smith of the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford University, a co-leader of the trial. “Today there are about 1.5 million elderly in UK, 5 million in USA and 14 million in Europe with such memory problems.” “These are immensely promising results but we do need to do more trials to conclude whether these particular B vitamins can slow or prevent development of Alzheimer’s. So I wouldn’t yet recommend that anyone getting a bit older and beginning to be worried about memory lapses should rush out and buy vitamin B supplements without seeing a doctor,” Smith said.
“These are very important results, with B vitamins now showing a prospect of protecting some people from Alzheimer’s in old age. The strong findings must inspire an expanded trial to follow people expected to develop Alzheimer’s, and we hope for further success,” added the Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, which co-funded the study, Rebecca Wood. Here at HEALTHandMED.com we carry an excellent source of vitamin B called BFood by Nutriplex, a whole food supplement.