Alzheimer's disease: Breakthrough study reveals the ONE vitamin that mitigates risk


Alzheimer's disease: Breakthrough study reveals the ONE vitamin that mitigates risk

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have a protein build-up – amyloid beta – which triggers toxic effects and oxidative stress.   |  Photo Credit: iStock Images

  • Alzheimer’s is a progressive condition characterised with impaired cognitive function and memory problems.

  • Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have a protein build-up – amyloid beta – which triggers toxic effects and oxidative stress.

  • It was discovered that when worms – who were deficient in vitamin B12 – were given the nutrient, paralysis occurred slower.

New Delhi: Physical wellbeing aside, cognitive health plays a key role in facilitating a longer, comfortable life. However, neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease continue to affect many around the globe with the caseload mounting every passing year. Alzheimer’s is a progressive condition characterised by impaired cognitive function and memory problems.

While experts are yet to determine the root cause and effective treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study by experts from the University of Delaware revealed the one vitamin that can help prevent the progression of the condition. Keep reading to find out what it is.

The nutrient that can protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have a protein build-up – amyloid beta – which triggers toxic effects and oxidative stress. However, according to a wiggling worm study reflected upon in an article published in BBC Science Focus magazine, can be combated with vitamin B12.

It was discovered that when worms – who were deficient in vitamin B12 – were given the nutrient, paralysis occurred slower. Furthermore, worms that did not lack the essential nutrient had low oxidative stress and high energy levels. This effect, however, showed effect only in presence of methionine. This supplementation did not show the effect on healthy animals.

Foods rich in vitamin B12 that you need

For those dealing with vitamin B12 deficiency, the following foods are recommended:

  1. Salmon
  2. Liver
  3. Trout
  4. Beef
  5. Eggs
  6. Chicken breast
  7. Milk and milk products like yogurt and cheese
  8. Fortified cereal
  9. Turkey
  10. Tempeh
  11. Seaweed
  12. Nutritional yeast

Alzheimer’s disease: Risk factors and treatment

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, genetics and age are the key risk factors; and the sad part is that neither is reversible or changeable. However, a diet too plays a key role, and eating the right foods – rich in proteins, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and other essential nutrients – can help mitigate risk.

While combining a healthy diet with exercise along with abstinence from alcohol consumption and smoking can play a key role in mitigating risk, experts are yet to clinically figure out potential techniques to improve Alzheimer’s symptoms in patients. Additionally, the role of vitamin B12 supplementation for Alzheimer’s disease management is yet to be explored.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.