Thursday, February 14, 2008

Lack of 1 Vitamin Can Cause Alzheimer's

It's time to start eating fortified cereal, pasta, bread and rice, as well as lentils, spinach, asparagus, chickpeas and kidney beans. These foods are all rich in folate, also called vitamin B-9, and people who have a folate deficiency have triple the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease in old age, according to a report published in the British Medical Association's Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Folate is essential for the creation of new cells in the body.

the onset of dementia was significantly associated with an exaggerated decline in folate

Agence France Presse reports that South Korean researchers from Chonnam National University in Kwangju measured naturally occurring folate levels in 518 elderly persons and then followed them for more than two years. At the start of the study, none of them displayed any signs of dementia. By the end of the study period, 45 had developed dementia, including 34 with Alzheimer's disease. Even after other factors were taken into account, including age, disability, alcohol consumption, weight change, "the onset of dementia was significantly associated with an exaggerated decline in folate," the researchers, led by Jin-Sang Yoon, concluded.

Previous research has shown that 800 micrograms of folic acid daily--twice the recommended dosage--helps boost short-term memory, mental agility and verbal fluency in those over 50. It has also long been known to help prevent certain types of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, including spina bifida.

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