According to a seven year old study carried out by the Karolinska Institute, Sweden – Individuals possessing a low level of B12 in their blood stream were found to be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimers disease.
Only one in one hundred individuals are predisposed to Alzheimers genetically, which means that the disease is widely preventable by lifestyle and diet changes.
B vitamins – such as B12, B6, and folic acid regulate the amino acid ‘homocysteine’ in the blood. If the body is depleted or lacks these vitamins then homocysteine blood levels rise. Scientists have found that higher homocysteine levels attribute to accelerated brain shrinkage – hence leading to Alzheimers and Dementia.
After the age of sixty – our brain shrinks naturally at the rate of 0.5 percent annually, but if homocysteine levels are impaired, i.e. above 7 then brain shrinkage occurs at a faster rate of 2.5 percent per year.
Scientists have developed an online test that detects mild cognitive impairment. The test is designed for people age 50 or over. The fifteen minute test can be found on foodforthebrain.com. The results will indicate whether you have mild cognitive impairment and will advise you as to whether you should visit your doctor and request a homocysteine test.
You can also order a homocysteine test kit online. The kit is supplied at yorktest.com for UK residents, and midichecks.com supply the kit if you reside in the USA.