Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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B Vitamins for Brain Health

Friday, 18 Feb 2011 09:46 AM


Question: Are B vitamins good for brain health?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

A recent study shows that B vitamins slow brain atrophy.

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 271 elderly people (over 70 years of age) with mild cognitive impairment were given daily supplements of 0.8 mg of folic acid, 0.5 mg of vitamin B12, and 20 mg of vitamin B6. After 24 months, this group was compared to a matched group of subjects receiving a placebo.

The patients treated with B vitamins were found to have a reduced mean rate of brain atrophy per year (0.76 percent compared to subjects receiving placebo (1.08 percent). The B-vitamin-treated subjects with the highest baseline homocysteine levels were found to have a 53 percent lower rate of brain atrophy, according to a study reported in PLoS One (issue number 5, 2010), a journal of the Public Library of Science.

This study showed that elderly patients with high homocysteine levels responded positively to supplementation with vitamins B6 and B12, and folic acid. Homocysteine is an amino acid found in the blood. Previous studies have shown a relationship between high homocysteine levels and the development of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

Homocysteine levels should be checked on a yearly basis. If levels are high, checking B-vitamin levels as well as supplementing with the appropriate B vitamins may be indicated.




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Question: Are B vitamins good for brain health? Dr. Brownstein's Answer: A recent study shows that B vitamins slow brain atrophy. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 271 elderly people (over 70 years of age) with mild cognitive impairment were given...
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