A new review claims folate and related B Vitamins play a role in slowing down brain function decline as well as playing a role in age-related depression. These findings look at certain B Vitamins as being equally as successful in supporting the reduction in the risk of mental and cognitive disorders which occur with aging, as nutrients like Omega-3 Essential Fatty acids as well as polyphenols like Resveratrol. Researchers believe these B Vitamins have the ability to improve the quality of life for the elderly.
Researchers concluded that folate and Vitamin B12 play essential roles in the long term management of dementia and age-related depression. Inconsistencies of vitamin experiments coming from uncertain study design and methodology were identified by the research team. B Vitamins and their role in supporting a healthier cognitive function in the aging process received more interest than B Vitamins and their role in age-related depression.
Over 46 million people worldwide experience some form of dementia and it is believed that this number will increase by over 65% by the year 2026. Although the role of nutrients in supporting brain health is often underestimated nutrients are never fully discounted as being an effective means to aid in improving cognition in ageing.
Researchers are recommending that future studies use some form of imaging technology to confirm effective nutritional interventions.
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