Research into whether taking a vitamin B supplement can assist with memory issues has been published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and revealed that people in the trial who took B vitamins were almost entirely protected from brain shrinkage.
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A rapidly shrinking brain is one of the sign’s that a patient has an increased risk of Alzheimers. Paul Thompson, professor of neurology and head of the Imaging Genetics Center at UCLA School of medicine in California, said: “I’ve never seen results from brain scans showing this level of protection. We study the brain effects of all sorts of lifestyle changes – alcohol reduction, exercising more, learning to handle stress, weight loss – and a good result would be a 25 per cent reduction in shrinkage.” Those participating in the trial saw a 90 per cent reduction but although the figures look amazing doctors warn against taking too much vitamin B.
Dr Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Until further trials have confirmed these findings, we would recommend people think about a healthy and balanced diet along with controlling weight and blood pressure, as well as taking exercise.