CHERYL A MAJOR: Vitamin B9 and its Effect on the Brain

 

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I just read a fascinating article on LinkedIn about brain health and vitamin B9 and felt compelled to share it with you.

A little personal background…Brain health is front and center as a concern for me as my mother suffered with vascular dementia and my father had the version of delusional dementia associated with Parkinson’s Disease.

In this article, titled, “One Nutrient Benefits Alzheimer’s”, Dr. Mike Greenberg sites a study done with a group of nuns and the level of folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, in their systems.  It’s a quick but fascinating read.  He writes:

“The most remarkable scientific study done to figure out Alzheimer’s was performed in a 15 year period involving over 300 nuns. The nun study was reported by Time magazine in 2001. This was a landmark research study because of the ability to isolate hundreds of variables in a controlled environment. And the nuns allowed the scientists to study their brains after death. The study found that active nuns often faired better mentally than inactive nuns, but that it wasn’t absolute. Nuns that prayed a lot or even meditated often did as well as the active nuns. The one and only variable that was across the board, was the nuns deficient in folate had markedly more dementia than the nuns who had sufficient amounts of folate. In fact, the nuns that had high amounts of folic acid had virtually no dementia.”

Here is the link so you can read the entire article.

I play at least one brain game every day.  The older I get, the more important maintaining my brain health becomes, so I will look into this subject further and may add the recommended supplementation of Vitamin B9 to my daily vitamins.

What’s your take on this?

This article was originally published on http://majorupbeatme.com/brain-health-and-vitamin-b9/

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Cheryl A Major

Cheryl A Major lives in Westford and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Her TV show, Thin Strong Healthy, airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of her blog http://ThinStrongHealthy.com   Cheryl offers ongoing information, live and online courses and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier. Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAMajor. She is also a full time residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker with more than 25 years experience.  

 

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