According to a new rat study, brain and memory impairment caused by stress during early development can be minimized by supplementation with B vitamins and methionine.
Researchers restricted the amount of materials available to female mice used to build nests to induce stress. This reduced the amount of time the female mice spent with their offspring. The control group mice were given ample amounts of nesting materials and were able to spend more time with their offspring.
During the stressful events, half of the mice in the experimental group were given B6, B12, Folic Acid, and Methionine (an Amino Acid). Offspring born to mothers who were in the stress group and who received the supplements had higher levels of methionine in their brain in addition to having a lower hormonal stress response. These offspring did better on more than one memory task when they became adults when compared with the offspring whose mother’s were exposed to stress but had not received the nutritional supplement.
Researchers concluded that supplementation with these nutrients, especially during early years, benefit cognitive and mental development.
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