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Folate Deficiency Is Associated With A Three-Fold Increased

Article Date: 06 Feb 2008 - 0:00 PST

Among elderly people, lower levels of folate can be associated with a three-fold increase in risk for dementia, claims a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, part of the British Medical Journal Specialist Journals, on February 5, 2008.

Folate, vitamin B12, and the protein homocysteine are involved in reactions that are needed to produce several chemicals, including some neurotransmitters, lipids, and nucleotides. Previously, studies have shown a link between deficiencies in these chemicals and the prevalence of dementia, however, the results have been controversial because of the physical changes dementia often creates.High levels of homocysteine have also been associated with cardiovascular disease. Read more...

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