The Vitamins That Can Stop Your Brain from Shrinking

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The Vitamins That Can Stop Your Brain from Shrinking


Byline: JohnvonRadowitz

VITAMINS and fish oil fatty acids can help prevent the brain shrinkage in older age linked to Alzheimer's disease, a study has found.

Conversely, unhealthy trans-fats found in some convenience foods and margarine spreads were likely to promote brain shrinking.

Scientists studied 104 individuals with an average age of 87 and few risk factors for memory and thinking problems.

Tests were carried out to determine the levels of nutrients in participants' blood samples.

All the volunteers also underwent tests of their memory and thinking skills. In addition, 42 had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to measure their brain volume.

The study found that people with diets high in omega 3 fatty acids and levels of C, D, E and B vitamins were less likely to experience brain shrinkage.

They also had higher mental performance scores than those with diets low in those nutrients.

Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin D are primarily found in fish, while B vitamins and Vitamins C and E can be obtained from meat, fruits and vegetables.

In total, 7% of the study participants were deficient in Vitamin B12 and 25% were deficient in Vitamin D. …

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