The 3 Vitamins That Delay Dementia… for Under $1/Day.
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(PRWEB) June 13, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that three vitamins that cost less than $1.00 a day can effectively delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/the-3-vitamins-that-delay-dementia-for-under-1day) notes, there are some in the medical community that paint a stark picture of Alzheimer’s and the effect it will have on people’s lives as they age. Memory problems are almost a given. How serious those memory problems become can’t be predicted precisely in any one person, but there is now a silver lining in all of this doomsaying—an ounce of prevention could go a long way in slowing memory decline, according to a new study.
As the article “The 3 Vitamins That Delay Dementia… for Under $1/Day” reports, for years, researchers have been studying memory problems, spending billions of dollars on this phenomenon. But rather than resort to expensive medical treatments and prescriptions, one recent study suggests that three vitamins—B6, B12, and folic acid—could play an important role in protecting the brain against the sort of damage that leads to Alzheimer’s.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that for the trial, researchers recruited 156 people over the age of 70. These participants were experiencing mild memory loss and also showed high levels of homocysteine, a protein that’s been linked to the onset of dementia. The research team found that gray matter, found in the brain and spinal cord and chiefly composed of neurons, was better protected in those taking B6, B12, and folic acid. In patients taking a placebo and who showed high levels of homocysteine, gray matter was reduced by 5.2%. In comparison, those taking the vitamin supplement had their grey matter decline by a much more modest 0.6%.
The article adds that the researchers also noted that older people’s brains shrink faster when they are low in vitamin B12, which explains why vitamin B12 is helpful, especially when you’re older and want to prevent memory problems.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes, the researchers noted that the supplements cost about $0.30 a day, making this possibly the most affordable way to prevent Alzheimer’s and delay dementia. And because this disease tends to strike people when they are older, any treatment that delays progression is as valuable as a treatment that might one day prevent Alzheimer’s. The research team estimates that a delay of five years in the onset of Alzheimer’s could cut the number of people that will die from the condition in half.
(SOURCES: Gerlin, A., “Vitamins That Cost Pennies a Day Seen Delaying Dementia,” Bloomberg web site, May 20, 2013, last accessed June 4, 2013; Allen, V.J., et al., “Use of nutritional complete supplements in older adults with dementia: Systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical outcomes,” Clin Nutr. March 28, 2013; Shar, R., “The Role of Nutrition and Diet in Alzheimer Disease: A Systematic Review,” J Am Med Dir Assoc. February 16, 2013.)
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