Folic Acid for Alzheimer's Prevention

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory
Last Reviewed 05/07/2014

While there are many lifestyle changes and other therapies that can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests that increasing your intake of folic acid is one of the easiest Alzheimer’s prevention steps you can take.

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center enrolled a group of 965 New Yorkers age 65 or older who did not have dementia, and measured their dietary and supplemental intake of folate/folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.

The participants were followed for an average of six and a half years. Over that time period, 192 of them developed Alzheimer’s. Researchers then looked at the study subjects’ intake of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 and found one very significant association: the higher the folic acid intake, the lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

(Note: While there was no significant link between Alzheimer’s and the intake of vitamins B6 and B12 in this study, subsequent research has shown that all of the B vitamins can help ward off cognitive decline.)

How to Incorporate This Simple and Inexpensive Alzheimer’s Prevention Tip

We’re looking at a quadrupling in the number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease over the next 40 years. But this inexpensive vitamin just might help put the brakes on the impending epidemic.

To reap the benefits of this Alzheimer’s prevention technique, simply increase your consumption of folate-rich foods (beans, leafy greens, and other vegetables) and take at least 800 mcg of supplemental folic acid daily.

Now it’s your turn: Do you have an Alzheimer’s prevention tip you’d like to share?

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