Vitamin B supplements may slow Alzheimer’s

Lisa Wurth

September 14, 2010

A new study from researchers at the University in Oxford has found that the supplements of vitamin B and B12, in addition to folic acid, may slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly patients, according to Bloomberg.

These findings seem to oppose a study that was published in 2008, which found that there was no difference in the overall decline in memory in those who took vitamin B and those who did not.

However, the Oxford Study, which included 168 people, ages 70 and over, had a different conclusion. The half of the group who took 0.8 milligrams of folic acid, 0.5 of B12 and 20 milligrams of B6 every day for two years experienced an average mental decline of 0.76 percent each year, while those who took a placebo had a rate of atrophy of 1.08 percent.

“This trial brings us a step closer to unraveling the complex neurobiology of aging and cognitive decline, which holds the key to the development of future treatments for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease,” Chris Kennard, chairman of the U.K. Medical Research Council’s Neurosciences & Mental Health Board, said in a statement.

Those who are currently taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s may want to invest in a senior alert system. These devices can allow older adults to immediately notify caretakers or doctors in the case of an emergency.

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