The Best Supplement For Memory Loss

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The supplement halves the rate
of brain shrinkage.
B vitamins halve the rate of
brain shrinkage in people with mild memory problems, research finds.
High doses of B vitamins —
folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 — taken over two years were also linked to
better scores on tests of memory and thinking.
Around 1 in 6 people over 70
have mild cognitive impairment.
About half of these people
will go on to develop Alzheimer’s within five years.
Professor David Smith, study
co-author, said:
“It is our hope that this
simple and safe treatment will delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease in
many people who suffer from mild memory problems. 
Today there are about 1.5
million elderly in UK, 5 million in USA and 14 million in Europe with such
memory problems.”
The study gave 168 volunteers
over 70-years-old either a placebo or high doses of B vitamin tablets for two
Brain scans showed that brain
shrinkage was reduced by 50% in people who took the B vitamins.
Lower rates of brain shrinkage
were also linked to better scores on cognitive tests.
Professor Smith continued:
“These are immensely promising
results but we do need to do more trials to conclude whether these particular B
vitamins can slow or prevent development of Alzheimer’s. 
So I wouldn’t yet recommend
that anyone getting a bit older and beginning to be worried about memory lapses
should rush out and buy vitamin B supplements without seeing a doctor.”
Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive
of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, said:
“These are very important
results, with B vitamins now showing a prospect of protecting some people from
Alzheimer’s in old age. 
The strong findings must
inspire an expanded trial to follow people expected to develop Alzheimer’s, and
we hope for further success. 
We desperately need to support
research into dementia, to help avoid the massive increases of people living
with the condition as the population ages. 
Research is the only answer to
what remains the greatest medical challenge of our time.”
Subsequent to this study,
carried out in 2010, other studies have questioned whether B vitamins can
benefit Alzheimer’s — but research in this area continues.
The study was published in the
journal PLoS ONE (Smith et al., 2010).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.