- Brain formation
- Cognitive functions
- General wellbeing
- Dementia and rapid aging
At the end of their ten-year study, the researchers were able to begin analyzing the comprehensive results obtained in 1,321 people. These results are mainly based on neuropsychological tests to assess the onset of dementia, as well as a dietary assessment to measure the intake of B vitamins. Factors like age and gender were taken into consideration. Lifestyle of the patients also contributed to the poll that was carried out in order for them to be eligible. The results of their study reveal that vitamin B9 could be of therapeutic interest in the fight against dementia, folic acid may indeed help reduce the risk of dementia. The researchers found that people who took more folic acid had a lower risk of dementia than the other people in the study. No difference was seen when taking vitamins B6 and B12. Studies have demonstrated that folic acid supplements may improve brain function in those with mental disorders and help in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. There is also a recent study with people who were newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's and were treated with folic acid for 6 months made significant progress and an improvement in their cognitive skills. With all these recent discoveries and advancements in medicine, there will be more groundbreaking discoveries.The fortification of foods with folic acid is approved by the United States and many other countries. The Food & Drug Administration currently approves the fortification of breakfast cereals, breads, pastas, and some flours. This makes it quite simple and straightforward to follow an ‘Alzheimer’s diet’ on a day-to-day basis. Folic acid supplements can also be purchased over the counter in many pharmacies and supplement stores. It is important to note that a folic acid dosage of 400 mcg is recommended for adults. Dark green leafy vegetables, peanuts, beans, fresh fruits and whole grains are also good sources of folic acid.
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