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Foods That Contain Vitamin B May Help To Prevent Memory Loss

November 12, 2010 by  

Foods that contain vitamin B may help to prevent memory lossVitamin B can help to increase metabolism, support the immune system and keep skin healthy. Now, new research, based on clinical trials in England, indicates the nutrient may also help slow the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people who experience memory problems, such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Gustavo Roman, M.D., medical director of the Alzheimer and Dementia Center at the Methodist Neurological Institute, noted that high blood levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, contribute to the increased risk for developing AD.

According to the trial, B vitamins, including B-6, B-12 and folic acid, slow down the progression of dementia. As a result, patients who show signs of this disorder and test positive for high homocysteine levels are more likely to respond well to vitamin B doses.

Roman said that although vitamin B may not help to prevent dementia, it "could be a step toward modifying disease progression."

There are many healthy foods that contain vitamin B that people could add to their diet, which may help to protect their memory. These include bananas, potatoes, whole grains, beans, chili peppers and tuna.

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    Food sources that contain vitamin B and vitamin B complex.

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    Vitamin B complex is important to the body’s growth and development. It also aids enzymes, which regulate chemical reactions and help turn food into energy. Deficiency in certain types of vitamin B complex can result in anemia, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, muscle cramps and respiratory infections. The different types of vitamin B complex are vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12.
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    Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is found in liver, fortified breads and cereals, pasta, peas, soy foods, fish, beans and oranges. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is present in dairy products, nuts, legumes, rice, mushrooms, and leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli and asparagus.
    Vitamin B3 and B5
    Vitamin B3 (niacin) can be found in chicken, beans, peanuts, tuna, salmon, ground beef, peanut butter, pasta, mango, peaches, carrots, fortified hot and cold cereals, nuts and dairy products. Foods with vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) include liver, red meats, whole grain cereals, chicken, fish, cheese, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, avocados and beans.
    Vitamin B6 and B7
    Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is present in meat, potatoes, bananas, poultry, fish, spinach peanuts and beans. Vitamin B7 (biotin) is found in clams, eggs, bread, egg yolk, fish, mushrooms, oatmeal, bananas, soy and milk.
    Vitamin B9
    Vitamin B9 (folic acid) can be found in leafy green vegetables, oranges, Brussels sprouts, turnips, salmon, orange juice, avocados, poultry, liver, and beans such as soybeans and Lima beans.
    Foods with vitamin B12 (cobalamin) include red meat, milk, eggs, soy milk, liver, salmon, trout, clams, tuna, pork, ham, cheese and yogurt.


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