Saturday, September 13, 2008

Vitamin B12

I read a recent report from the BBC which said that many older people are not get the recommend amount of vitamin B12 and as a result are running the risk of brain shrinkage, as lack of vitamin B12 caused the the brain to shrink which can lead to loss of memory and dementia.

Vitamin B12 is present in meat such as liver, milk and shellfish, so if these are not part of your normal diet you may wish to use vitamin B12 supplements. The study was conducted in Oxford England and involved 106 people aged between 61 and 82, over a period of five years. Further studies are being conducted to find out is taking supplements will reduce brain shrinkage.

A recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine indicates that elevated blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine (already considered a risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease) are associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Blood levels of homocysteine can be reduced by increasing intake of Folic Acid and Vitamins B-6 and B-12. âˆ' Dr. Richard Hodes, Director of the National Institute on Aging.

Vitamin B-12 studies show that Sublingual B-12, B-6 & Folic Acid is readily absorbed into the bloodstream.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated if people received 1,000 mcg of folic acid and 500 mcg of B-12 per day over 300,000 lives in the U.S. would be saved each year from heart disease.

I have in the past and am at present taking vitamin B12 and certainly feel that I have more energy and it seems to sharpen my memory

David Ogden
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