Vitamins May Have Larger Role in Halting Brain Decline

Vitamin B is for BrainA new review claims folate and related B Vitamins play a role in slowing down brain function decline as well as playing a role in age-related depression.  These findings look at certain B Vitamins as being equally as successful in supporting the reduction in the risk of mental and cognitive disorders which occur with aging, as nutrients like Omega-3 Essential Fatty acids as well as polyphenols like Resveratrol.  Researchers believe these B Vitamins have the ability to improve the quality of life for the elderly.

Researchers concluded that folate and Vitamin B12 play essential roles in the long term management of dementia and age-related depression.  Inconsistencies of vitamin experiments coming from uncertain study design and methodology were identified by the research team.  B Vitamins and their role in supporting a healthier cognitive function in the aging process received more interest than B Vitamins and their role in age-related depression.

Over 46 million people worldwide experience some form of dementia and it is believed that this number will increase by over 65% by the year 2026.  Although the role of nutrients in supporting brain health is often underestimated nutrients are never fully discounted as being an effective means to aid in improving cognition in ageing.

Researchers are recommending that future studies use some form of imaging technology to confirm effective nutritional interventions.

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Mother’s Vitamin B Levels Affect Eczema Risk

eczemaA new study has found that mother’s who have higher levels of B Vitamins during pregnancy usually produce children less likely to develop eczema.

Almost 500 pregnant women participated in this study.  The amount of serum nicotinamide, derived from Vitamin B3, in the participants was looked at for this study.  A 30% lower chance of developing atopic eczema at 12 months was associated with higher serum levels of nicotinamide.

Nicotinamide, which is derived from Vitamin B3 has displayed anti inflammatory properties in prior studies and has shown benefit for individuals with inflammatory skin conditions.  A lack of B vitamins, B3 in particular has been associated with the development of allergy related conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) and asthma.

Eczema has been thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors but the actual cause for this skin condition is largely unknown.

More research is needed.

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Vitamin B Clinical Trials First to Use Neuroimaging Technology

brain health vitamin BAccording to new research supplementing daily with B vitamins significantly increases energy and overall mood in mentally demanding situations, reduces subjective stress and improves general mental health.

Two clinical trials studying B vitamins supplementation have been completed and are the first trials ever to use neuroimagaing to examine the effects of vitamins supplementation.  Researchers mapped brain activity using Steady State Topography and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to detect blood flow changes in the brain.

Increase activation in the parietal-frontal brain regions, which are associated with working memory and attention, showed increased activation utilizing both neuroimaging technologies.  The parietal lobe is one of the four major lobes of the brain’s cerebral cortex.

Researchers believe that the results of these two trials confirm that multi vitamins supplementation supports mood and mental performance, in addition to influencing brain activity.

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