Researchers found that vitamin B3, commonly known as niacin, may protect against the mental ravages of age–Alzheimer’s disease and the cognitive decline associated with aging.
The B vitamins consist of thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin, pyridoxine (B6), folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, and cobalamin (B12). It also includes choline, a nutrient found in eggs that is needed to produce cell membranes and may slow age-related memory loss.
All the Bs play a critical role in brain function, from manufacturing neurotransmitters to regulating energy release in brain cells. Niacin seems to have a particularly potent role in maintaining mental agility.
At the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging , Martha C. Morris monitored the health and dietary status of 815 adults age 65 and older for six years. None had Alzheimer’s disease at the start of the study; six years later, 131 did. Continue reading Vitamin B3, niacin, may protect against Alzheimer’s disease