B12 Health And Memory

This post was written by editor on February 15, 2012
Posted Under: Health supplements


The importance of vitamin B12 for the over-50s is already well known in terms of general health benefits, notably – reducing the risk of heart disease, the onset of depression and the possibility of developing Alzheimers disease. The fact that the body doesnt store vitamin B12 makes it even more important to take a B12 supplement if you believe it could be lacking in your normal diet. However, new research out of Australia is pointing to another advantage of taking vitamin B12 supplements in that it is also now believed to improve both the short-term and long-term memory of adults, compared to a control group who did not take the supplement.

The research into vitamin B12 and memory.

Vitamin B12 can help combat memory loss in the over-50s.

The Australian research had the test group, aged between 60 and 74 years of age, taking a 400 micro-gram folic acid supplement with a 100 micro-gram vitamin B12 supplement; whilst the control group were simply given a placebo. After 12 months tests administered to both groups showed a marked improvement by the test group compared to the control group in mental tests relating to memory, information retention and the speed of response to the questions posed. The tests were repeated again after a further 12 months and showed that the test group showed an even larger improvement in their ability to answer and cope with the questions, compared to the control group.

How B12 might improve your memory?

Vitamin B12 is known to be beneficial to nerves and can help to avoid developing neurological disorders, by protecting the sheath like substance, myelin, that surrounds nerves. However, it is the positive effect that vitamin B12 can have in reducing heart disease that is thought to be the main reason that B12 can also help reduce memory loss. High levels of homocysteine in the blood are linked to the risks of developing heart disease, whilst taking folic acid and vitamin B12 help the body to process homocysteine and, thereby, reduce the risk to the heart. The current thinking, behind this research, is that homocysteine is also responsible for a loss in mental ability as we get older and so taking a folic acid and vitamin B12 supplement will help to combat it.

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