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B Vitamins Don’t Improve Mental Function

According to the Harvard Health Letter taking a trio of B vitamins, B6, B12 and folic acid, does reduce homocysteine levels and higher homocysteine levels are implicated in both heart disease and Alzheimer’s: However, even though B vitamins reduce homocysteine levels, according to studies they do not reduce heart attacks, strokes or improve mental function in Alzheimer’s patients. In fact there was an unexpected problem with the B vitamins which surfaced during the study; depression increased!

What can you do?

The medical community still recommends monitoring your blood pressure as high blood pressure is still implicated as a precursor to Alzheimer’s. If you are overweight, lose it and watch out for high LDL cholesterol levels. A Mediterranean diet is still hailed as great for heart and head. Exercise daily to reduce inflammation and create new neurons in the brain and enhance synapses. When you get comfortable with your workout, change it up to wake up your brain. Make sure to maintain social contacts because if you are isolated, you worsen the odds. The latest research points out that happiness is contagious. You definitely want to catch the wave from a group of friends and family because as far as happiness is concerned, the more the merrier holds true and science has just proved this old adage.

Therefore instead of the traditional B vitamins, take the “Bee” vitamins:Above all keep in mind that you are a human being – a work in progress – constantly transforming. Turn on your inner light and let it shine.
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