Did you know that after age 70, about 1 in 5 people suffer from some kind of cognitive problem?
In other words, after an advanced age, many will develop some serious degree of dementia.
One of the most known diseases related to the brain is Alzheimer’s, which is characterized by the loss of mental functions that occur from the loss of neurons. Although this disease does not have a cure yet, it’s believed that the causes of late development of the disease are a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.
One of these factors drew a lot of attention from researchers, who discovered a strong link between homocysteine levels and the onset of the disease. To give you an idea, one in six Alzheimer’s cases had a large amount of homocysteine. In addition to Alzheimer’s, this amino acid has also been linked to the risk of heart disease.
Since the production of homocysteine is due to a process that occurs as a result of our diet, nutrition is the best way to maintain balanced levels. To reduce levels of this amino acid, our body needs three vitamins: folate (folic acid), vitamin B12, and vitamin B6.
In summary, the balanced intake of folate, vitamin B6, and B12 is of paramount importance and may be the key to reducing the chances of developing brain diseases in the future.
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