High Folic Acid May Slow The Cognitive Decline of Aging

You may be hearing in the news about the newest, greatest "cure" to slow the cognitive decline that comes with aging: High dosages of folic acid supplements. According to a Dutch study, taking 800 micrograms of folic acid a day slowed that brain drain.

More than 800 cognitively healthy patients (ages 50-75) were given either a folic acid supplement or placebo for three years. Patients who took the supplement performed well on memory tests (with scores comparable to people more than five years younger) and cognitive speed tests (almost two years younger than their peers).

It's certainly true that lowering your homocysteine levels -- with higher amounts of folic acid in your diet -- can be responsible for improving your thinking skills. But I'm not at all enamored with recommending that you take a high-dose supplement of folic acid, especially when so many Americans suffer from elevated homocysteine levels because they aren't eating enough fresh vegetables.

So, if you are looking for the absolute best way to get the right amount of folic acid, you should consider eating lots of fresh, uncooked vegetables. One caveat: The amount of vegetables your body requires depends on your body's specific nutritional type. While we all need vegetables to stay healthy, your nutritional type should determine the type and amount.

One of the easiest ways to do that is to consume vegetable juice regularly.

Yahoo News June 21, 2005

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