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Research suggests that changes in diet and lifestyle can have an impact on reducing the odds of developing Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related conditions later in life. The vitamins listed below may help prevent Alzheimer’s or slow the progression of the disease by improving cell health and promoting cognitive functioning.
Vitamins B-12 and B-6
A study of seniors with mild memory loss showed that a mix of vitamins B12 and B6 combined with folic acid reduced the amount of brain shrinkage in areas of the brain typically affected by Alzheimer’s. Additionally, these B vitamins help prevent coronary heart disease and improve digestion.
A study of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease showed that a combination of vitamin E and the Alzheimer’s drug memantine slowed the progression of the disease. Further research is needed to determine what other roles vitamin E may play in preventing AD, although it does have antioxidant properties that can help protect cells. Additional health benefits include a reduced risk of heart disease and improved appearance of skin and hair.
Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, increases the production of proteins responsible for helping send information through the brain. Research also suggests that consuming high amounts of niacin (B3), either naturally in foods or in supplement form, may reduce the risk of developing AD over people who consumer less B3. B3 also reduces inflammation and lessens some diabetes complications.
A recent report read by Albuquerque elder care professionals suggests a connection between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. While research about how well vitamin D may help prevent such conditions is still limited, vitamin D does help with important metabolic processes and calcium absorption. Additional health benefits include better bone strength and cancer prevention.
Contrary to an earlier study suggesting vitamin C had no affect on AD patients, subsequent research suggests patients with signs of dementia are deficient in certain antioxidants. Since vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, it helps protect healthy cells, including brain cells necessary for cognitive functioning. Vitamin C also improves heart health and may reduce skin wrinkling.
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