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Vitamin B3, niacin, may protect against Alzheimer’s disease

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