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Homocysteine, Folic Acid, B12 and Alzheimer's

Homocysteine, Folic Acid, B12 and Alzheimer's

CNN reported "Oxford University researchers (1998) have identified that Alzheimer's patients had higher than normal levels of homocysteine and lower than normal levels of folic acid and vitamin B12. The finding were presented at a conference in the Netherlands.

You can see the rest of the story in the major dailies of 4/27/98. I especially recommend that you look the the AP account. It's excellent.

I have been reviewing and summarizing the research on Alzheimer's and diet for some time now and this study adds support to what other research studies have indicated about the importance of folic acid and vitamin B12.

Although the research on the link between diet and Alzheimer's is still tentative, I feel strongly there is little harm to be had and great deal of potential benefit to be gained if people start adding foods high in folic acid, Vitamin B 12, thiamine, etc., to their diet. The worst that happens is they receive the benefits this type of diet offers for stroke, heart, cancer and osteoporosis. The best is that they also receive the potential benefits for Alzheimer's.

If you are interested in apply the findings to your diet, you will find that many of the recipes I use are high in folic acid and vitamin B12 and and thiamine. This is particularly true of the recipes in which I use defatted soy flour.

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