Vitamin may protect brain from Alzheimer’s


Wednesday 5th November, 2008

Vitamin B3 is found in fish, meat and potatoes and according to research from the US, it may be able to help protect the brain from developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The vitamin was found to lower levels of a protein that has links with the condition and for people who are already in good mental health it may increase their memory power.

The study was conducted on mice who showed increased performance in memory tests but charities in the UK have been quick to state that people shouldn’t start taking the vitamin until tests had been conducted on humans.

Vitamin B3 is available in shops and pharmacies under the name of ‘nicotinamide’ and has been used to help diabetics. Nicotinamide is found naturally in beans, cereals, fish, meat and potatoes but researchers want more studies on people to see if the same effect on Alzheimer’s can be achieved and at what level the vitamin intake would need to be.

Learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease here

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