Vitamin B12 and Your Brain

February 7, 2013 by

We all worry about losing our ability to think clearly. If we misplace our keys, we’re certain that our brains are failing. Rest assured that occasional lapses happen to everyone and are perfectly normal.

Recently, researchers from Tufts University published a study in the Journal of The American Geriatrics Society about the effect of Vitamin B12 on memory and cognition. Over a multi-year period they studied almost 550 senior age people by dividing them into five groups based on the amount of Vitamin B12 found in their blood.

The two lowest groups showed more cognitive decline over the eight years of the study and some aspects of decline came on quite suddenly. The top three B12 groups fared better. As we age, our ability to process and absorb B12 efficiently from food alone is reduced. Researchers also found that heavy consumption of processed foods leads to B12 deficiency over time. The USDA now recommends that all Americans over 50 years of age incorporate B12 fortified foods into their diets or take B12 supplements.

No matter what your age, you need B12 to keep your brain functioning at its best. Stop in and see our Clinical Nutritionist, Bob Lukasik for advice on supplements and foods to keep your brain in tip-top shape. www.millerspharmacy.com

 

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