September 28, 2011

Low Vitamin B12 Linked to Smaller Brain Size

Alice Park, Time


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Older people may not be getting enough vitamin B12, and that could affect their thinking and the size of their brain, according to a new study.

 

The researchers found that low levels of vitamin B12 were linked to smaller brain volumes and lower scores on cognitive tests. Vitamin B12 is critical for normal red blood cell formation, as well as for producing other agents important for maintaining healthy DNA, hormones, proteins and fats the body needs.

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TAGGED: Vitamins, Nutrition, Brain, Neuroscience

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