Vitamin B 'could slow dementia'

Scientists have found that daily doses of vitamin B could slow the rate of cognitive decline in older people.

A team from Oxford University discovered that vitamins B6 and B12, as well as folic acid, can reduce brain shrinkage associated with dementia.

They suggested that B vitamins could help prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease in those with mild cognitive impairment.

Professor David Smith, a pharmacologist and co-author of the study, said the results were "immensely promising".

"It is a vey simple solution," he insisted. "You give someone vitamins and you protect the brain."

However, he said that since further tests are required, he would advise anyone considering taking daily doses of vitamin B to consult a doctor first.

As well as protecting the brain against dementia, it is important to consider the financial and legal issues that could arise if you developed the condition.

Making a lasting power of attorney can provide peace of mind, as the form will enable a relative or close friend to make choices about your health, welfare and financial affairs on your behalf.

Posted by Christopher Evans

Published on: September 10, 2010

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