Mental degeneration and brain shrinkage could be delayed by using vitamin B supplements for those who are in the early stages of a failing memory, according to an Oxford University Trial.
It was seen that those participants who were using B vitamins, saw only half the neurological decline as others who were not using the B vitamins.
So while this may not prevent mental degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s altogether, this may slow down the shrinkage of the brain that is associated with such disease of the brain.
David Smith, a professor emeritus in Oxford University’s pharmacology department and co-leader of the study is hopeful that the findings of this study will help to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s for many middle aged people who hope to avoid dementia and others who are older and are displaying the first signs of memory loss.
The possible benefits of Vitamin B supplements however come with a caveat – a doctor must be consulted before popping Vitamin B pills routinely. These could be potentially dangerous for some people because they can stimulate the growth of early stage cancer.