If your child is on a meat-free diet, how do you supply enough vitamin B 12? Infants without vitamin B12 also suffer brain shrinkage, scientists report. But you can’t feed an infant vitamin drinking only breast milk B12 in foods adults eat or give vitamin supplements unless you are given a form of vitamin B12 in a solution or format that an infant can digest.
You don’t want to lose thinking ability in an infant and the same situation with an older adult whose body no longer can absorb vitamin B12 from foods or some forms of vitamins. Are you getting the right amount of vitamin B12 for yourself? If you take vitamin B12, make sure it’s not covering up your anemia, if you have undiagnosed anemia. And if you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, it could be one reason why your brain, your older relative’s or your child’s brain health may be slowly atrophying.
Scientists have found brain atrophy in infants with a deficiency of vitamin B12
Even if your child is getting vitamin B12, is he or she absorbing the vitamins, and is it from foods, oils, or vitamin supplements that may not even getting absorbed? Brain atrophy can occur in vitamin B12 deficient infants. The same brain atrophy can also appear in older adults. There’s a valuable uTube video on vitamin B12 and how it may help prevent brain shrinkage. Check out Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s videos and also the articles such as, “Vitamin B12, Brain Size, and Thinking Skills.”
Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He has been practicing for more than 20 years and established the Center for Nutritional Medicine located in Flemington, New Jersey.
According to Dr. Fuhrman’s article, “Vitamin B12 Levels Affect Brain Size, Memory, Thinking Skills , readers area referred to a paper published in Neurology, Tangney and colleagues. In that study, researchers looked at 121 adults >65 years old living in Chicago.
The findings of that study, according to Dr. Fuhrman’s article, suggested that individuals with low blood vitamin B12 levels had a greater risk of brain shrinkage. Indicators of vitamin B12 deficiency were associated with lower cognitive test scores. And don’t forget vitamin D3 as helping with immunity as well in other studies.
When you take food or any form of vitamin B12, you should know that your body can’t store that vitamin. As you age, plasma vitamin B12 concentrations decrease. Older people have a higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Dr Christine Tangney is quoted in Medical News Today, “Our findings definitely deserve further examination. It’s too early to say whether increasing vitamin B12 levels in older people through diet or supplementation could prevent these problems, but it is an interesting question to explore.” See the study’s abstract, Vitamin B12, cognition, and brain MRI measures. According to that abstract, “Methylmalonate, a specific marker of B12 deficiency, may affect cognition by reducing total brain volume.”
On the other hand, the study’s abstract notes that “the effect of homocysteine (nonspecific to vitamin B12 deficiency) on cognitive performance may be mediated through increased white matter hyperintensity and cerebral infarcts. Vitamin B12 status may affect the brain through multiple mechanisms.” The point is in plain language, that vitamin B12 can operate via many different mechanisms to be of help to the brain.
There’s another study on vitamin B12 from Chili
The purpose of the study is to find out what the impact is of vitamin B12 on cognitive function and quality of life in older adults. Check out the study, “the Program of Complementary Feeding for the Older Population in Chile (PACAM). This Chilean study is a double-blind, randomized control trial (RCT) comparing a vitamin supplement (1 mg vitamin B12 daily) vs vitamin B12-fortified milk vs placebo in 300 older (70-79-year-old) community-dwelling adults.
The study will test the benefits of vitamin B12 supplementation and the strategy (fortified foods vs dietary supplements) on cognitive function and quality of life over 18 months. When you think about brain shrinkage, most people only think of older adults with brains that are losing their nutrients, water, and abilities.
Check out Dr. Fuhrman’s videos on uTube and articles on this subject. Healthy foods help to prevent rapid brain shrinkage and reduced thinking skills. But you need the research explained in plain language for most consumers to find out what nutrient-dense foods are of benefit. That’s one reason for the studies: to find out the value of vitamin B12 supplementation. See the recipes site from Dr. Fuhrman at: Recipes or the video, Cooking Up Great Health with Dr. Fuhrman – YouTube.
Check out these nutrition videos on uTube from Dr. Joel Fuhrman M.D., a board-certified family physician:
Cooking Up Great Health with Dr. Fuhrman – YouTube.
Dr. Fuhrman Cures Type 2 Diabetes
Joel Fuhrman, MD w/ Mehmet Oz, M.D. – health / weightloss
Joel Fuhrman MD, nutrition expert, w/ Steve Adubato
Dr. Fuhrman — Value of High Fat Foods
“Secrets to Healthy Cooking” Dr. Fuhrman’s Anti-Cancer
Joel Fuhrman, MD – VegSource “The Health Equation” – YouTube
Joel Fuhrman – Watch Joel Fuhrman Videos and Clips
Dr. Joel Fuhrman – Eat To Live
Dr. Fuhrman on YouTube : Disease Proof
Joel Fuhrman MD, nutrition expert, w/ Steve Adubato
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