Vitamin B12 and Your Memory
Memory and Vitamin B12
Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler here. A recent study published in Neurology demonstrated that Vitamin B12 is essential to protect your brain’s ability to avoid memory loss and have a sharp memory.
The research group first measured subjects’ vitamin B12 levels. Then they divided the research subjects into three groups based on vitamin B12 levels, and followed them for five years with annual brain scans and physical and mental examinations, including memory loss and performance tests.
Memory Damage Due to Low Vitamin B12 Levels
This is important: The group with the lowest levels of Vitamin B12 lost twice as much brain volume as those with the highest levels – regardless of their brain size, age, sex, education, cognitive test scores and blood chemistry.
In effect, their brains shrunk.
Why is Vitamin B12 Important to Memory?
Vitamin B12 is crucial to brain function and the overall health of your nervous system. Every cell in your body and brain uses it to convert fuel into energy. And your brain-based memory systems are no exception to this rule.
If you don’t get sufficient amounts of Vitamin B12, you could have poor nerve function, anemia, fatigue, diarrhea, and low resistance to infection – PLUS a shrinking brain volume and memory loss.
The only natural sources of Vitamin B12 are meats, fish, dairy and eggs. And supplements are NOT the answer. For a more complete discussion of ways to get Vitamin B12 into your diet, I suggest the website I have posted at the bottom of this post.
A Second Critical Factor
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Posted by Jill Ammon-Wexler