B Vitamins Don’t Improve Mental Function

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:
  • Bees are ergonomically not well designed, a long shot to fly – yet they do! Adapt a “can do” attitude. You could be the exception to the rule.
  • Bees work from the ground up. Get back to basics and simplify.
  • Bee happy to live in the moment. Intensify your moments. One moment can be bad, the next can be better. The moment is all any of us really have.
  • Bee attracted to the beautiful: people, paintings and scenery. What you look at colors your mood. Why focus on the ugly and the negative?
  • Bee witty because humor and fun are free medicine. Release your inner child.
  • Bee useful. If you notice bees are busy and always working for the greater good. You have much to contribute whether it is helping around the house, writing or recording your memoirs or painting a masterpiece.
  • Bee creative. When you experience loss, you want to compensate with creativity.
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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