Vitamin B May Protect Against Memory Problems, Alzheimer’s Disease

Vitamin B May Protect Against Memory Problems, Alzheimer's DiseaseIncreasing one’s intake of B-complex vitamins may help prevent cognitive degeneration, according to a study conducted at the Methodist Hospital in Houston.

During the recent trial, patients enrolled had been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can lead to developing Alzheimer’s diseases or other forms of dementia. Over the course of two years, participants were given oral supplements and injections containing different types of vitamin B—folic acid, B6 and B12.

The results showed that those who had already developed memory problems and had levels of the amino acid homocysteine benefited the most from increasing their intake of these nutrients. Furthermore, the researchers discovered that the group responded better to the injections than the supplements.

Gustavo C. Rom?n, lead author of the study, stated that “I’m not saying that everyone who takes B vitamins will prevent dementia.” He added that “but in the right dosage and for the appropriate patients, the vitamin B-12 treatment could be a step toward modifying disease progression.”

Individuals who are looking for another natural alternative to improve their cognitive function can benefit from walking five to six miles per week, according to a study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh.