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Folic Acid and Memory

by Randall Neustaedter OMD

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More good news about folic acid

It is common knowledge that folic acid has the ability to prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord when taken during pregnancy, and that folic acid can reduce the risk of heart disease. Now a Dutch study has shown that folic acid can improve memory. As people age, memory tends to become impaired. This study examined the effect of 800 micrograms of folic acid per day in 818 people 50 to 75 years-old. As people age there tends to be a decline in brain function and memory. Those subjects who took folic acid performed at a level 5.5 years younger than the control group on memory tests, and 1.9 years younger on tests of cognitive speed.

The results of the study were reported by researcher Jane Durga (Wageningen University) at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Prevention of Dementia.

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