Earlier this week, I told you about a study that showed that a combination of three specific nutrients can protect against brain atrophy in people with dementia. They do it by addressing high homocysteine levels — something I’ve been warning for years can increase Alzheimer’s risk (in addition to cardiovascular disease risk and more).
Well I just came across another study that may offer a simple, natural way to prevent dementia in the first place.
The study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at more than 1,300 older French adults and followed them for an average of 7.4 years. And they found that those with higher intakes of the B vitamin folate have a lower risk of developing dementia over the long-term.
Of course, folate (folic acid) has benefits beyond brain health. It’s essential for heart health as well. And it’s also well known for its role in preventing birth defects.
I recommend 5 mg of folic acid per day. In addition to supplements, you can boost your folic acid intake by eating more broccoli, arugula, spinach, asparagus, and avocado.
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Lefèvre-Arbogast S, Féart C, Dartigues JF, Helmer C, Letenneur L, Samieri C. Dietary B vitamins and a 10-year risk of dementia in older persons. Nutrients. 2016 Nov 26;8(12).