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A Healthy Diet Can Protect An Individuals’ Memory

October 29, 2010 by  

A healthy diet can protect an individuals' memoryPatients who are at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) may find that adding vitamin B12 to their diet could help reduce their chances of experiencing memory loss, according to a new study published in Neurology.

Researchers used blood samples from 271 Finnish people between 65 and 70 years old. None of the participants had dementia when the study began.

The subjects were followed for seven years. Seventeen of them developed AD during the course of the study. Blood samples were then taken from these individuals and were tested for the amino acid homocysteine, which is associated with vitamin B12 as well as an active portion of the vitamin, called holotranscobalamin.

Previous studies have already indicated that high amounts of homocysteine in the blood can have negative effects on the brain. However, these levels can be lowered with vitamin B12.

For the current study, the scientists discovered that increasing the active form of vitamin B12 may reduce the risk for developing AD.

Babak Hooshmand, the study's lead author, said that although more research needs to be conducted, vitamin B12 could be used as a "supplement to help protect memory." Individuals could consume foods that contain this vitamin, such as fish and poultry.

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  • Bruce Robinson

    Interesting article. But it does not mention optimal dosage levels, and thus there is no way to take advantage of it.

  • s c

    Bruce, what you need is an MD who isn’t afraid to use sound nutrition SCIENCE to get and keep you healthy. If your MD is an AMA weasel (“I know everything because I believe everything they taught me in medical school”), shop around and find one who has a spine and a brain.
    I’m told that vegetarians tend to have B12 problems because they avoid meat. You can take supplements, but you probably need to establish what your B12 level is via blood tests. And, since WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME, you need expert advise on whether or not you have enough B12 in you, or if you need to take more.
    Beyond that, eat QUALITY fat. If your ‘healthcare professional’ says to avoid fat, then shop around for a new MD. Recent research says not having enough fat intake will increase your odds for getting Alzheimer’s. Either your MD knows, or he (or she) DOESN’T. Good luck, Bruce.

  • coal miner

    coal miner’s quote:

    Brain tips & fun facts
    The total number of synapses (connections between neurons) in the cortex of the human brain is estimated to be more than 160 trillion.

  • coal miner

    BE Healthy:

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    Alzheimer’s Diet | Food To Eat To Manage Alzheimer’s Disease
    Nothing always beats a healthy diet when it comes to treating an ailment and preventing a disease from manifesting itself. Here are some suggestions for food you might want to eat to help with Alzheimer’s or to help prevent it:

    Carrots have long been hailed as a wonder vegetable, and the use of carrots and the beta-carotene in them to help with Alzheimer’s adds to its list of benefits.
    Foods that have high folic acid content can also help with protecting your brain from possible dementia and Alzheimer’s. Foods that are rich in folic acid include asparagus, papaya, oranges, broccoli, and strawberries.
    Vitamin-C-rich produce and foods are also very good additions to a diet that is aimed at preventing or helping to keep Alzheimer’s at bay. Citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables are known to contain high levels of vitamin C.
    Ginger can be added to the diet of someone who is suffering from Alzheimer’s to help with the loss of flavor that sufferers sometimes complain about. Ginger tea can be made by steeping a piece of peeled and sliced ginger in some boiling water. Cool this down and drink this as a tea.
    Blueberries have also shown some beneficial properties that can help people with Alzheimer’s. Adding a few pieces of this fruit to the daily diet of an Alzheimer’s sufferer can greatly help.
    Created on Monday 24-Aug-09 15:20:42

  • Fransie

    Vitamin B12 patches are an easy way of absorbing this vital vitamin into your body through your skin. Just search on Google to find a supplier.


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