There may still be no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but according to a recent study high doses of vitamin B can slow the disease’s development.
This particular study led by researchers David Smith and Gwenaëlle Douaud at the University of Oxford administered high levels of B12, B6, and folic acid to 200 volunteers with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Half of the patients received 200, 20, or four times the recommended daily dose, while the other half received placebos. According to the New Scientist, MRI imaging allowed the researchers to monitor any changes of the patient’s brain.
Researchers discovered that vitamin B delayed reduction in matter in the hippocampus and cerebellum, the parts of the brain most affected in patients with Alzheimer’s. The patients who received the placebo experienced reduction in brain matter at a rate of 5.2 percent, while those who took the vitamins only had a 0.6 reduction rate.
Cognitive impairment can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s, but it doesn’t always lead to the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, high doses of vitamin E has also been shown to slow the progression of the disease.
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