Low niacin intake causes Alzheimer's,
If you want to support healthy cognitive function and avoid Alzheimer's
disease, be sure to take your B vitamins, says new research. Study
subjects with low niacin intake showed an 80% increased risk of
Niacin is relatively easy to get by eating nuts, superfoods and
various whole food nutritional supplements.
offers potent protection against age-related cognitive decline
and associated diseases such as Alzheimer's, suggests a large
new study of the B vitamin.
The study, carried out by Martha Morris and colleagues at the
Rush Institute for Healthy Aging in Chicago, Illinois, shows that
niacin intake strongly correlates with cognitive health in people
65 and older.
"We observed a protective association of niacin against the
development of AD and cognitive decline within normal levels of
dietary intake, which could have substantial public health implications
for disease prevention if confirmed by further research,"
say the researchers.
For their study, the researchers examined the correlation between
niacin intake and cognitive decline in a random sample of 815
people age 65 or and older from a larger group of 3,718 who had
the necessary dietary and cognitive assessment data.
Nutrient intake was determined by a food questionnaire and participants
were examined for signs of cognitive decline three and six years
after the start of the study.
Overall, the researchers found that those with the lowest food
intake of niacin were 80% more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's