This dementia treatment is proven to be the most effective ever tested

Is this heart culprit putting you at risk for dementia?

When it first came on the scene, everyone dubbed homocysteine “the real risk to your heart.” Tagged as a much bigger threat than cholesterol, homocysteine quickly became heart enemy #1.

And with good reason.

But while everyone was linking it to heart problems, most people missed the even bigger threat homocysteine poses…the one to your brain.

You see, high homocysteine levels accelerate brain shrinkage. So if your levels are high — and if you’re over 65, there’s a 50-50 chance they are — you could be staring down the barrel at dementia and even Alzheimer’s.

The good news is that the same new research that proves the link also revealed the three cheap supplements that can drive down homocysteine levels fast.

Answered prayers

I’ve been reporting on the possible link between high homocysteine and higher dementia and Alzheimer’s risk for a few years. Based on that link, researchers recommended B-complex supplements because certain B vitamins lower homocysteine.

Now, UK researchers have proven that homocysteine is indeed the memory-robbing culprit. And more importantly, they’ve also proven which B vitamins are a surprisingly effective treatment.

Researchers recruited more than 150 people over the age of 70. All had mild memory loss and elevated homocysteine.

MRI scans were used to track the starting volume of gray matter in regions of the brain that Alzheimer’s typically destroys. At the same time, homocysteine levels were measured with blood tests.

After two years, gray matter loss was higher than 5 percent in the placebo group.

In patients who took daily B-6, B-12, and folic acid, gray matter loss was just 0.6 percent.

That’s stunning! Even the researchers were stunned. One told Bloomberg News, “It’s a big effect, much bigger than we would have dreamt of.”

And the treatment didn’t require mega-doses of any of the vitamins. Here are the daily doses used…

  • Vitamin B-6 — 20 mg
  • Vitamin B 12 — 500 mcg
  • Folic acid — 800 mcg per day

Now, I want to be clear: There’s no indication that this simple B vitamin combo would have a significant effect in cases of advanced Alzheimer’s. But there’s no downside in giving it a try since there are no side effects.

But if you want to be able to track your progress, ask your doctor to test your homocysteine levels now and at your next checkup. It’s a simple blood draw and can be done at any lab.

Sources:
“Preventing Alzheimer’s disease-related gray matter atrophy by B-vitamin treatment” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online ahead of print 5/20/13, pnas.org

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