Low Vitamin B12 Decrease Accelerate Elderly Mental.
Low levels of vitamin B12 can accelerate the decline in mental ability of the elderly (seniors), according to a new study suggests.
Folic Acid (folic acid) and vitamin B12 supplement can reduce levels of homocysteine, a protein that is closely related to Alzheimer’s disease suggest that scientists by providing a variety of vitamin B supplements can slow the process of dementia (dementia), the reduced power state of cognitive function.
Research findings are translated by the researchers in the magazine of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
However, folic acid or folic acid can mask B12 deficiency, and some studies have linked low levels of B12 and folic acid intake is high with a rapid decline in mental abilities.
To better understand the link between homocysteine, folic acid, B12 and cognitive function, Dr. Robert Clarke and colleagues from the University of Oxford in England 1,648 men and women aged 65 years or older whose mental function was tested at least three times during the period ten years.
The scientists examined the biological activity of vitamin B12, holotranscobalamin, as well as methylmalonic acid which becomes a sign for the function of B12.
Scientists have found no association between homocysteine or folate levels and cognitive function.
But holotranscobalamin lower levels and higher methylmalonic acid levels – both of which are for low levels of vitamin B12 independently associated with a reduced ability of rapid mental functioning.
High folate levels along with low B12 levels did not accelerate the decline of mental function.
The scientists believe the double intake of vitamin B12 as oral supplements may slow cognitive decline in function as much as 33 percent.
Based on the findings, low levels of vitamin B12 appear to precede mental decline, the researchers conclude.
“Correction of vitamin B12 deficiency seems to be the right thing for those who have symptoms that lead toward cognitive decline.”
Experiments performed by comparing vitamin B12 with placebo for the prevention of heart disease may provide an answer whether vitamin B12 can actually keep a person’s mental function in old age, according to Reuters. (*)