Real Food and B Vitamins are Keys to a Good Memory
When we have a limited supply of B vitamins, the central nervous system can be the 1st to be affected.
Omega-3 fatty acids are vitally important for brain health, and now researchers are finding B vitamins to be valuable too.
All of the B vitamins are important for brain and nerve cells, but some stand out for their role in supporting memory, cognitive health, and brain performance, they are:
- B1 (thiamine)
- B3 (niacin)
- B6 (pyridoxine)
- B12 (cobalamin), and
Mental fogginess and forgetfulness are 2 of the Top warning signs for not be getting enough vitamin B12.
Vitamin B1 is well-known for supporting positive moods and promoting brain function, especially concentration, memory, and reaction time.
Vitamins B6, B9, and B12 help convert homocysteine into methionine, an important building block for proteins.
If low in any of these 3 B vitamins, that process can be interrupted and your homocysteine levels can rise, an undesirable condition that’s linked to brain shrinkage.
A recent study demonstrated the powerful effects of these B vitamins on brain tissue.
Either placebo or high doses of folic acid, vitamins B6, and B12 were given daily to a group of 186 men and women over the age of 70.
Those subjects who received the B vitamins and who had healthy levels of omega-3 fatty acids saw significantly slowed brain shrinkage rates after 2 years, 40% less than the placebo group.
Another study 3 years later showed similar, but even more striking results, and this time, omega-3 fatty acid status wasn’t included.
After 3 years on high doses of folic acid, vitamins B6, and B12, brain shrinkage slowed as much as 7X, specifically in the gray matter region related to memory, that’s a decrease of up to 90%.
We have always known that the B complex of vitamins a essential for a healthy body and brain.
The potential benefits scientists learned are very significant, and provide another important way for us to take control of our health.
So, eat Real food and take B vitamins; start early in life as I did, or start later and catch-up.
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