Research suggests daily supplementation with folic acid may reduce the risk of having dementia in populations with low levels of this B vitamin and no program to fortify the diet with this nutraceutical.
Data from over 1,300 participants was analyzed. Face to face interviews were done at the beginning of this study, the Three-City Study, to identify health related issues, socio demographic information and lifestyle characteristics. All participants completed a 24 hour dietary recall and were dementia free at the time of the diet assessment. Participants were followed for approximately 7 and ½ years.
Higher intakes of folate (folic acid) were inversely associated with the risk of dementia with approximately a 50% lower risk for participants with the highest folate levels compared to those with the lowest folate levels.
78 countries currently call for mandatory fortification programs for folic acid. This was done to reduce and prevent neural tube defects in newborn babies.
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