Vitamins and Nutrient Information
Vitamins for Alzheimer's and Dementia
The brain uses certain vitamins and nutrients to repair itself, clean out waste products, and generate new brain cells. When the body is deficient in these vitamins brain damage can occur.
Recent Studies have shown that certain vitamins and supplements can decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer's and dementia.
B Vitamins: B3, B6, B12, & Folic Acid(B9)
B Vitamins have an important role in the human brain and nervous system.
Vitamin B12 is needed to create and maintain nerve cells, Vitamins B3 & B9 are used to create and repair of DNA, and Vitamin B6 is needed to create the chemicals nerves use to communicate with each other.
Researchers at the University of Oxford and at the US CDC discovered that individuals who took a B Vitamin supplement were less likely to develop Alzheimer's than individuals who did not take a B Vitamin supplement.
Researchers believe that Vitamin E can help with Alzheimer’s because of its anti-oxidative properties.
Studies have found that Alzheimer's patients frequently have low levels of Vitamin E and researchers have tested whether Vitamin E supplementation can help.
One study found that individuals who consumed a Vitamin E supplement showed a slower decline and were able to complete everyday tasks that individuals in the other groups could not complete.
Bacopa monnieri & The Brain:
Bacopa monnieri inhibits the harmful enzyme cholinesterase and removes harmful amyloid fibrils which have accumulated in the brain, Amyloid fibrils are believed to be one of the major causes of Alzheimer’s.
The Evidence, Research & Studies:
Researchers found that Bacopa monnieri had a beneficial effect on Alzheimer's patients and concluded that Bacopa monnieri is “a promising agent in Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of cognitive impairment.”
Salvia Officinalis (Sage)
Salvia Officinalis has been shown to reduce inflammation and protect the brain from harmful oxidative agents.
Salvia Officinalis inhibits the harmful enzyme cholinesterase, an enzyme that contributes to the brain damage seen in Alzheimer’s disease.
Several studies have found that Salvia Officinalis leads to "significantly better cognitive function" and fewer cognitive issues.
Vitamin D is one of the most important supplements to take, especially for individuals over the age of 65. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to serious health issues.
Because older individuals have difficulty producing Vitamin D, researchers estimate that 95 percent of seniors are Vitamin D deficient.
Two studies examined 4,500 individuals over the age of 65. They both found that lower levels of Vitamin D were associated with worse mental performance.