Did you know that after 65 years 1 out of 5 people suffer from any cognitive problems? You can prevent this!
One of the most known diseases related to the brain, is Alzheimer’s disease, which is characterized by loss of mental functions, resulting from neuronal death, informs Rus.Media.
Although for a full treatment of these diseases have no cure, it is believed that the reasons for their development are a combination of genetic, environmental factors and lifestyle factors.
Among these factors, each has attracted much attention of researchers that discovered a strong link between levels of homocysteine and early development of the disease.
Revealed that one in six cases of Alzheimer’s disease had a large number of homocysteine.
In addition to Alzheimer’s disease this amino acid also is associated with risk of heart disease.
But what is homocysteine?
Homocysteine is an amino acid that is present in our body.
The concentration of homocysteine that is present in our body is produced from methionine, amino acids which can be found in several products, especially in red meat, seafood, dairy products and eggs.
That is, the connection is not to buy food but his levels are directly associated with it.
A small, a very promising study showed that the Supplement of vitamin b significantly reduced the levels of homocysteine in patients with secondary cognitive deficit and reduced the rate of atrophy of the brain.
You may wonder, after this discovery that increased consumption of b vitamins is the solution for preventing cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, or not?
Since the production of homocysteine occurs through a process that occurs with diet is the best way to maintain balanced levels.
To reduce the level of this amino acid our body requires three vitamins: folate (folic acid), vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
In fact, most people eat foods rich in vitamins B12 and B6. The big problem is folates.
One of the best sources of folate are dark green leaves, which is today often not very often appear in the diet of people.
A good way to increase the consumption of folate is the consumption of vegetables, such as spinach, turnip greens, parsley and lettuce. Broccoli, cauliflower and lentils can also be included in the list of foods with good concentrations of folic acid.
Regular consumption of dark green leaves that can reduce the level of homocysteine in the body for a very short time.
Thus, a balanced intake of folate, vitamin B6 and B12 is of paramount importance and can be the key to reducing the risk of brain diseases in the future.