I just wanted to follow up on my very last post. I have since stumbled on a second article which highlights the benefits present from ingesting Folic acid. I like this bit of information because it is something we can use to change how we live our lives and empower us.
Most stories are focused on scaring us and making us believe we can’t do anything to change the sad state of affairs. I think that nutrition and medical news is different because we can ACT on what we learn. Take what you find below and make a difference!
Take for example the fact:
Folic Acid Possibly a Key Factor in AD Prevention
Mouse experiments suggest that folic acid could play an essential role in protecting the brain against the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. This animal study could help researchers unravel the underlying biochemical mechanisms involved in another recent finding that people with high blood levels of homocysteine have nearly twice the risk of developing the disease.
Investigators fed one group of mice with Alzheimer’s-like plaques in their brains a diet that included normal amounts of folate, while a second group was fed a diet deficient in this vitamin. The scientists then counted neurons in the hippocampus, a brain region critical for learning and memory that is destroyed as plaques accumulate during Alzheimer’s disease. The mice that had received the diet deficient in folate had fewer neurons than the mice in the other group had.
The team of researchers also discovered that mice with low amounts of dietary folate had elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is an amino acid connected to Alzheimer’s in another recent study.
And combine that knowledge with this…
High Homocysteine Levels Indicate High Risk for AD
People with elevated levels of the amino acid homocysteine in the blood had nearly double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new report from scientists at Boston University. The findings, in a group of people participating in the long-running Framingham Study, are the first to tie homocysteine levels measured years before with later diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The relationship between Alzheimer’s and homocysteine is of particular interest for two reasons. First, the ability to measure homocysteine in the blood could lead to a simple test to predict Alzheimer’s. Right now, there is no effective test to predict an individual’s risk of developing the disease.
Second, homocysteine levels can be reduced by increasing intake of folic acid (or folate) and vitamins B6 and B12. The therapeutic use of these compounds is being explored as scientists try to understand better homocysteine’s role in Alzheimer’s.
To be certain Alzheimer’s is aways a sobering topic. It is a disease which afflicts millions and has no known cure. Beyond the individuals directly effected are family members forced to endure the unspeakable horrors. It’s thus nice to know there do seem to be some remedies, with a potential cure being still far away, but on the horizon nonetheless.