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Vitamin B Shows Promise for Alzheimer's

Posted Jan 11 2010 6:27am

Researchers at MIT found during clinical trials that a three-nutrient cocktail of B vitamins, phosopholipids and antioxidants was found to promote the growth of certain brain synapse connections that typically erode during the early stages of Alzheimer's. The nutrients develop the fatty molecules that form brain cells and synapses.

Over the course of 12 weeks, patients drank either the nutrient mixture or a control beverage. Roughly 40% of the patients receiving nutrients showed improvement on memory and cognitive tests compared with 24% of the control patients who improved. Encouraged by the results, researchers are conducting three more similar trials in Europe and America.

The results of this study appear in the latest edition of the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia.

A few years ago my wife and I had a complete metabolic study done and were taking a boatload of supplements to balance our metabolism. For some reason or another it worked as we both lost 30 pounds and it seemed to jump-start our metabolism. When we decidied we were spending just a little too much for all the supplements, and in all honesty, we never went back for a second evaluation that would have surely weaned us off a majority of those supplements; nonetheless, we both gained some of the weight back and find it harder to lose it than we did when we were taking supplements. So the whole world of supplements and vitamins is fascinating. Ask your doctor. More progressive physicians are incorporating metabolic work into holistic medical practice.

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