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B Vitamins May Support Brain Function In Aging Seniors

September 15, 2010 by  

B vitamins may support brain function in aging seniorsMillions of seniors experience cognitive decline as they grow older, placing a tremendous burden on their families and the healthcare system. The condition can take an emotional toll on the elderly due to a loss of independence.

However, new research from Oxford University has found that high levels of B vitamins may impede the progression of cognitive decline, and help seniors maintain an independent lifestyle later in their lives.

Investigators recruited 168 seniors into their study. Half were given high dose B vitamin supplements, while the rest received a placebo. Over the course of the two-year study, MRI scans showed that the group that was given active B vitamin experienced slower rates of brain atrophy.

"These are very important results, with B vitamins now showing a prospect of protecting some people from Alzheimer’s in old age," said Rebecca Wood, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, which funded the study. "The strong findings must inspire an expanded trial to follow people expected to develop Alzheimer’s, and we hope for further success."

She added that more research would be needed to confirm the findings, which could give hope to future generations.

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  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Sylvia

    I have been taking the Bcomplex vitamins (all of them for around a year or a little longer) I am 68 years old and my mind is as sharp as the sting of a whip and I can think more clearly then I did when I was raising my children. I am writing a novel, and sometimes my mind is racing a mile a minute, so much so that somethimes it doesn’t want to shut down so I can go to asleep.

    Over the years, i did not take any vitamens, nor all the B vitamens. My mind was never this sharp and my thinking was often confused, I had trouble figuring things out sometimes when I was under a lot of strees.

    I honestly attribute my clearness of thought and my memory ability to taking the B compex vitamens.

    My husband is the reverse of me. His mother had Althezmers (the spelling is probably incorrect). he has never taken any vitaments. I can see every day where he is slipping more and more in his thinking in just everyday matters. I often laugh and tell him that Thank God that one of is thinking better and more clear with each passing day, for more and more I will have to do the thinking for him.

    Sincerely, Sylvia

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Then why aren’t you pushing him to take them??? You DO want him to stick around don’t you??

  • Maureen Jones

    Did you know?

    Fluoridated Water and the Brain
    Varner JA et al. Brain Research 784, 284-298 (1998). Twenth-seven rats were divided into three groups and for one year were given either distilled water, distilled water with 2.1 ppm NaF – the same concentration of fluoride normally used in fluoridated drinking water – or distilled water with 0.5 ppm AlF3. In both treated groups, the aluminum levels in the brain were elevated relative to controls. The researchers speculate that fluoride in water may complex with the aluminum in food and enable it to cross the blood-brain barrier. Both treated groups also suffered neural injury and showed increased deposits of B-amyloid protein in the brain, similar to those seen in humans with Alzheimer’s disease. “While the small amount of ALF3 …required for neurotoxic effects is surprising, perhaps even more surprising are the neurotoxic effects of NaF” at 2.1 ppm, the authors write.

    Masters R.D., Coplan M.J. et al. NeuroToxicology 21(6): 1091-1100. (2000) From the abstract:
    Chronic, low-level dosage of silicofluoride (SiF) has never been adequately tested for health effects in humans. We report here on a statistical study of 151,225 venous blood lead (VBL) tests taken from children ages 0-6 inclusive, living in 105 communities of populations from 15,000 to 75,000. The tests are part of a sample collected by the New York State Department of Children’s Health, mostly from 1994-1998. Fluoridation status was determined from the CDC 1992 Fluoridation Census. For every age/race group, there was consistently significant association of SiF treated community water and elevated blood lead. The highest likelihood of children having VBL greater than the danger level of 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood occurs when they are both exposed to SiF treated water and likely to be subject to another risk factor known to be associated with high blood lead. Results are consistent with prior analyses of surveys of children’s blood lead in Massachusetts and NHANES III.

  • http://gmail i41

    That is why red meat is so important for the B vitimins and your health. When old people eat the diet junk cited by food agencies, they are full of manure. Eggs were demined as harmful for a few years, nuts and berries were the wonders, fish would make you fly higher, and red meat is always bad. The food pyrmid of plenty of grains, vegtables, fruits, and some milk, cheeses, and very little meat protein. Why minus the meat that is aration to fatten all types of livestock, chickens, pigs, beef, and fowl. A balanced diet is the most important, look at the fat 2 legged pigs walking the streets, and watch what they eat, vegatables, grains, breads and going from trough to trough and very little red meats or meat protein. Pasta is nothing but finely ground wheat..


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