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Vitamin B: Alzheimer’s Might Have Met Its Match

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A new study published this week shows that vitamin B may be just the thing scientists have been looking for when it comes to Alzheimer’s patients.

“Our work shows that a key part of the disease process that leads to Alzheimer’s disease, the atrophy of specific brain regions, might be modified by a safe and simple intervention,” said Dr. David Smith, who led the study.

The study–which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences–found that people who took part in a trial had 90% less brain shrinkage when given a dose of vitamin B on a regular basis than those who took a placebo. The areas of the brain that are affected by the disease were protected by the vitamin, including the parts that determine how we learn and how we remember and organize our thoughts.

“I’ve never seen results from brain scans showing this level of protection,” said Paul Thompson, professor of neurology and head of the Imaging Genetics Center at UCLA School of Medicine, California.

The study was conducted previously with only 50% less brain shrinkage determined in the participants. This new trial marks the beginning of a new path for scientists, who have hit blockage after blockage while trying to find a cure–preventative or otherwise–for the disease. Those in charge of the study say that a combination of B-6, B-12, and folic acid was exactly what they were looking for. Because vitamin B keeps amino acids in check–particularly homocysteine, which becomes a brain chemical that controls memory–a healthy dose of it later in life could prevent brain shrinkage.

“The study needs to be repeated because there’s a lot to learn about why homocysteine is damaging and whether lowering it can stop people with memory problems progressing to Alzheimer’s,’ says Professor Thompson. ‘But if the results survive retesting, homocysteine level could be a useful biomarker for Alzheimer’s risk.”

Vitamin B: Alzheimer’s Might Have Met Its Match


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  • http://webpronews.com lisa runnels

    I KNOW THIS WORKS—–BUT,I WILL SAY—B-COMPLEX IS THE BEST—YOU CAN EVEN BUY— TIME RELEASED B- COMPLEX——BUYING B IN A COMPLEX IS BALANCED AND BETTER—-ALSO–I HAVE RECENTLY DICOVERED THAT SELINIUM IS VERY USEFULL FOR CONVERTING T4 INTO T3—ALSO—LIPTON TEA —BREWED VERY DARK LIKE COFFEE –OVER, HEAVY ICE IS A SUPER WINNER—PEOPLE SHOULD REALIZE HOW BLACK TEA IS AN ANTIOXIDENT AND ALKALINE FOR YOUR BODY—READ THE BOX ABOUT LIPTON TEA—IS, EYE OPENING—I’M TELLING YOU ABOUT THESE THINGS BECAUSE I AM 55 YEARS OLD—AND SOME DAYS I WAKE UP AND MY BRAIN FEELS TIRED AND FRIED—AND– I DO THESE 3 THINGS AND IT’S LIKE SOME ONE TURNED ON THE LIGHTS—AND, I FEEL 30 YEARS OLD IN MY BRAIN AGAIN–AMAZING–

  • Nancy

    does it help when someone is already going through it. My mother has mild cognitive impairment but I think it is worse then they tell me.

  • http://yahoo.com Denny

    I have been takeing vit.b in various ways for years, I am now close to 70 years old and test myself on a regular bases for signs of Alzheimres and have found none. I noticed in this artical they are also talking about Salinum. Years ago it was noted that if men would include a daily dose of Salenium & Saw Palmeto,it would reduce the chances of prostrate cancer. Over the years somehow Salenium was dropped from the equation because when the topic would come up,the press would say things like;”Saw Palmeto is not proving helpful in preventing Prostrat Cancer!” Well heck NO if your not taking it with its aid Selenium!! This news about Vit. B is great news and will rob the big Drug companies of selling something 100 times more costly. The bad news is Vit. B will start flying off the shelves and become harder to find and the cost will sky-rocket!!

  • http://Yahoo Peggy

    Danny is cetainly correct with his quote that B-vitamins will go sky
    high when this report comes out —- this is exactly what happened to
    CoQ 10 — it doubled it price when reports came out to help with
    people taking Lipitor

  • rhonda

    PLEASE! I have been taken vitamin B for years and I still cant remember shit!

    • Joe Bronklen

      Including grammar and punctuation “taken” should be “taking” and “cant” should be “can’t”…..I think you should ask for all the money that you have spent on vitamin B back!

  • http://YahooInternetExplorer Joani Aab

    I’ve been taking B6,B12 n folic acid for few yrs as I have nerve pain from diabetes 2, fibromyalgia. I saw specialest foot dr. for nuropithy n he gave me script for b,b12 n folic acid combined into 1 capsul. Price went up very hi n ins won’t pay 4 it. So I baught B6,b12 n folic in seperate bottles. I asked a pharmasist how i can buy this seperately and would love to know your oponion from a dr. I’m currently taking 1000 mcg of B12, 200 mg of B6, n 1200 mcg of folic acid. Is there anyway I can know if this is the correct am’t. i’m taking. i also take magnesium 500mg at nite, D3, 1000 mg n others.
    I hope to hear from you on this. I’m still tired n am 67 n live alone. i take a med to sleep at nite small one but wake up late. thank u so much for your time. Have a blessed day.

  • http://YahooInternetExplorer Joani

    ps I also have thyroid and take med for it. I hope I do hear from a dr. or someone who really knows the rite am’t to take of the b6,12, n folic acid. thank you.

    • victor r.garcia

      I read your article on May 21st. I took the homocisteine test yesterday and it came 24.77 by the EIA method. I’am scared. I amm taking the following generic pills, daily: Folic acid, 5 mg and B complex *B-1-2-6-12, composed of tiamine:15 mg., rivoflavin:1 mg., Piridoxine:2.6 mg., cyanocobalamine chlorhidrate:2 mcg.,andNicotinamide:10 mgs.what can I do to revert what seems a direct path to alzheimer?

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