B vitamins may help maintain memory in healthy older adults. That’s the conclusion of Australian scientists after they conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 700 individuals between 60 and 74 years of age. They gave their subjects a daily dose of 400 micrograms of folic acid and 100 micrograms of vitamin B12 or placebo pills that looked identical to the vitamins. After two years there was a modest but measurable difference in the scores on short-term memory and cognitive function tests.

[American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jan. 2012]

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  1. Paul43

    Anybody else know anything else about it?

  2. Rocket Scientist

    One of the side effects of the PPIs taken for acid reflux is that they decrease the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B.

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