Unlike some of the other organs in the body, the brain cannot be replaced. People only have one chance to keep it healthy, and vitamin B12 is essential in keeping components of the central nervous system intact and memories sharp. According to a study published in International Psychogeriatrics, older adults may benefit from taking a vitamin B12 supplement, which can help prevent deficiencies that could lead to dementia or other kinds of cognitive impairment.
Australian researchers investigated the relationship between the vitamin and the central nervous system, focusing on memory retention, as reported by Food Consumer. They found that concentrated supplements were effective in improving the overall cognitive decline related to vitamin B12 deficiencies.
Dementia isn’t the only neurologic disorder that can progress due to a lack of these nutrients.
“Low serum vitamin B12 levels are associated with neurodegenerative disease and cognitive impairment, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,” the researchers of the study concluded, as quoted by the news source.
The U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements recommends that adults consume 2.4 micrograms of the nutrient every day. Individuals can take Vital B-100 made by Dr. Newton’s Naturals to help achieve this target.