Vitamin B may subdue effects of Alzheimer’s disease


June 2, 2011

While there is no known cure for Alzheimer's disease, there are more than 100 treatments in the works. That means that there's a very high demand for any kind of knowledge about the condition, and many preliminary studies have hinted at what may be effective.

The San Francisco Examiner reports that one of these remedies could come in the form of vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid.

"[During the study,] older people with mild memory problems… took either real or fake high doses of B6, B12 and folic acid for two years. Afterward, the vitamin takers had 30 to 50 percent less brain shrinkage and scored higher on cognitive tests than those who got the fakes," the publication reports.

As such, the news source recommends that people take 6 mg of vitamin B6 and 700 mcg of folic acid. The amount of B12 people should take depends on their age.

Safe aging should also take into account the home. Installing a medical alert system in a residence helps ensure that users have a way to immediately send a personal emergency response message if they require assistance. 

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