B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids to Prevent “Brain Atrophy”

B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids to Prevent “Brain Atrophy”

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None of us want ‘brain atrophy’, but is there anything we can do to prevent this age-related process? A recent study from the American Society for Nutrition demonstrated that low concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids and elevated homocysteine levels are associated with developing dementia. But b12 vitamin supplementation, which indirectly reduces homocysteine levels, did slow brain atrophy for patients who already had healthy levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their plasma. Thus, the conclusion of this study demonstrates that B vitamin supplementation can benefit the brain, but only in patients who already have high plasma levels of omega-3 fatty acids. So the important vitamins and by products to think about in brain aging are; B vitamins, omega-3 and homocysteine. Numerous studies already exist to demonstrate the benefits of B vitamins for the brain, and that having B12 levels higher than 400pg/ml is optimal, but you may feel your energy level is best at a b12 around 600pg/ml. For someone with B12 deficiency, there may be a problem with B12 absorption, caused by thinning of the lining of the stomach which can interfere with vitamin B12 absorption or chronic use of certain acid blocking medications called proton pump inhibitors, which can also affect vitamin absorption. Most of us obtain our B-12 from meat and dairy or seafood sources, but vegetarians and the elderly may be more prone to B12 deficiency. There are numerous forms of B-12 supplementation; oral, sublingual and intramuscular injections. Injections work the quickest, however the most common supplementation is orally. It’s important to periodically have your blood test checked as elevated levels of B-12 can also be linked to health problems, so keeping those levels in an optimal range of about 600pg/ml is best.

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