Vitamin B delays Alzheimer’s

High doses of Vitamin B could delay or even stop the onset of Alzheimer’s disease but further research is needed to test the theory.

Researchers from Oxford University in the UK have published initial research results which indicate that taking Vitamin B could reduce the rate of brain atrophy by 30%. In a two-year study of 168 volunteers over the age of 70 and diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), half of the participants were given a daily tablet containing high doses of Vitamin B and the other half a placebo. Brain atrophy linked to MCI, which is a precursor to Alzheimer’s, was shown to have reduced by as much as 53% in some cases but averaged at 30% in those receiving the Vitamin B supplement.

With an estimated 37 million people worldwide living with dementia, such results are incredibly positive however, as the long term side effects of taking Vitamin B are unknown, further research is essential.

For further information on this research, click YOURLifeChoices link to One, the online journal of the Public Library of Science.