B vitamins and good brain health

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B Vitamins and good brain health

How to keep a brain healthy. Eat a tin of sardines a day!

High levels of the amino acid homocysteine are linked to brain shrinkage and an increased risk of Dementia.

B vitamins are known to suppress homocysteine  and a study carried out in 2010 showed that an increased rate of brain wasting often seen in older adults especially those suffering from cognitive decline.

Homocysteine is a risk factor for brain atrophy (wasting) cognitive impairment and dementia. Plasma concentrations of homocysteine can be lowered by dietary administration of B vitamins.

The study proved that the people who consumed foods/supplements containing high vitamin B levels had lower levels of decline.

B vitamins and good brain health. The following foods contain good levels of vitamin B.

  • sardines
  • clams
  • fortified breakfast cereals
  • mackeral
  • crab
  • red meat
  • tofu
  • cheeses
  • eggs

A useful source of B vitamins are sardines and a tin a day is supposed to contain enough to supply the brain  with what it needs.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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