Vitamin B Slows Brain Shrinkage And Possibly Alzheimer’s Disease

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(Best Syndication News) Extra vitamin B supplements could slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease, researchers are saying this week. Researchers at the University of Oxford in England conducted a two-year study to determine whether B vitamin pills could slow or prevent brain atrophy in elderly people who suffer from Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Brain atrophy, or cerebral, atrophy is the loss of cells or brain tissue. Either the whole brain could shrink or the tissue could lose neurons and the connection between them. Atrophy can impair brain function and lead to dementia and / or seizures.

The placebo study involved 271 elderly patients with mild memory problems. Some were given vitamin B tablets while the others were given the placebo. Those given the vitamin-B experienced 30 percent slower brain shrinkage when compared to the control group.

The National Health Service (NHS) states that the research does not prove that vitamin B can prevent Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. There is no evidence that slowing the atrophy can benefit patients with early dementia symptoms.

But there is hope. The researchers say that slowing the progression of brain shrinkage “may” reduce the rate at which the brains shrinks by 50%, resulting in a “much” slower rate of dementia progression and Alzheimer’s disease.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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