Putting The 'B' In Brain

There are dozens of vitamins, minerals and dietary components required by your body that it can't produce. B vitamins are included in this diverse group of micronutrients that must be taken in through diet. They play a critical role in carbohydrate and protein breakdown as well as cell formation. Recent research reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences appears to have uncovered a significant B vitamin role in learning and brain function.

Mice that were fed a diet deficient in vitamins B12 and B6, and folic acid (vitamin B9) developed learning and memory problems that became evident when compared to mice provided a more complete diet. Further investigation showed a reduction in the length and density of brain capillary blood vessels. This vascular impairment may have been a factor in cognitive performance.

The Bigger Picture: B vitamins can be found in a number of fruit, vegetable, nut, oil and dairy foods. Excessive cooking can reduce the vitamin potential, and it's often hard to know the true vitamin value of any specific whole food. So taking a supplement like Stress B-Complex + Vitamin C or a multivitamin like Opti-Men or Opti-Women can serve as smart nutritional insurance.
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