by C. Markus on November 9th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Vitamin B is part of the group of water-soluble vitamins; the individual B vitamins are classified into eight categories ranging from B1 through B12 . Each one of these vitamins plays a critical role in synthesizing neurotransmitters and metabolizing proteins and fats. Some benefits of vitamin B include relief for stress, anxiety and depression, plus aids memory and helps reduce the risk of heart attack. Recently a lot of focus has been on B12. Vitamin B12 is found in foods that come from animals, such as fish meat milk and eggs. It plays a key role in healthy brain functioning.
According to a study conducted by Rush University Medical center, older adults with low vitamin B12 levels are more likely to have smaller brains and cognitive problems. The study was posted in the medical journal Neurology and involved 121 patients from Chicago. The subjects had their blood drawn and measured for B12 levels and were also given a cognitive skills test. Around 4 years later the patients had MRI scans done to measure brain volume, they were also given another cognitive test. The researchers found that subjects with lower B12 levels performed worse on the cognitive test and had a smaller brain mass than subjects with higher B12 levels.
This study shows how powerful vitamins can be, and according the USDA, many Americans suffer from a lack of B12 and B6, so make sure to stock up on your Vitamin B. Even more benefits may be revealed in the future.
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