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 care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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