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Aging begins at 45- Tips on how to Prevent Early Memory Loss

Monday, January 9th, 2012

 

 

The latest scientific study pins memory loss from aging to the age of 45.  Here are some ways to prevent early onset dementia like Alzheimer’s disease and reclaim your youth.

AGING BEGINS AT 45- TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT EARLY MEMORY LOSS, B12PATCH.COM

45- Is it the new 60?

According a recent study on cognitive decline, the first signs of aging, such as memory loss, begin at the age of 45.  The UK study, which tracked 5,198 men and 2,192 women, suggests that people should become more proactive in preventing Alzheimer’s disease much earlier than earlier expected.

  • Participants between the ages of 45-70 submitted to various cognitive testing, including vocabulary, memory, reasoning, and auditory and visual learning abilities.
  • Examples of cognitive testing include identifying patterns, recalling short words, naming words from memory beginning with the letter “S,” or animal names.
  • Scientists met with study volunteers three times during a 10-year period.
  • Results: With the exception of vocabulary, cognitive scores in memory, reasoning, and learning abilities declined in all age groups, beginning at the ages of 45-49, for both men and women.
  • For men and women, dementia escalated by the age of 65-70.
  • Older males saw a 9.6% decline by age 70, while elderly females of the same age exhibited a 7.4% decline.

Here’s Your Brain on B12 Deficiency- Memory Loss and Aging

AGING BEGINS AT 45- TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT EARLY MEMORY LOSS, B12PATCH.COM

Lifestyle changes to prevent memory loss

By making some simple changes in your life, you can delay symptoms of aging that include memory loss, confused thinking, fatigue, and hair greying.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Increase intake of vitamins and minerals, including healthy omega-3 oils, vitamin D, vitamin C, and B complex vitamins, particularly vitamin B12, which is proven to aid in cognitive functioning and maintaining healthy brain mass.
  • Eat low cholesterol, low-fat foods.
  • Avoid high fat or processed foods.
  • Restrict sodium intake.
  • Exercise every day.
  • Check your blood pressure.
  • Quit smoking.

Brainy People are high on B12, according to Brain Health Study

AGING BEGINS AT 45- TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT EARLY MEMORY LOSS, B12PATCH.COM

Prevent vitamin B12 deficiency

Numerous studies prove that vitamin B12 is more than just the energy vitamin- it also is essential for brain health and rejuvenation.  Vitamin B12 protects your nervous system, aids in producing red blood cells, builds DNA, and boosts cognitive skills.

  • By controlling homocysteine levels, vitamin B12 helps lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.  Scientists have noticed a high correlation between elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood and increased risk for dying of heart failure or stroke.
  • Scientific research also indicates a direct relationship between low levels of vitamin B12, reduced brain volume, and decreased cognitive skills, such as loss of short-term memory
  • Besides memory loss, other age-related symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include premature hair loss, hair greying, fatigue, difficulty walking, difficulty concentrating, and emotional problems like depression and nervousness.

Read more about B12 deficiency and aging:

How to keep Vitamin B12 Deficiency from Shrinking your Brain

Vitamin B12- How much do you need?

Sources:

Memory Loss May Occur as Early as 40s

Memory loss from aging can start as early as 45: Study

Timing of onset of cognitive decline: results from Whitehall II prospective cohort study- BMJ

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jessica.diamond, woodleywonderworks, Patrick Q

5-Hour Energy Drinks with Vitamin B12- What’s the Catch?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

 

 

Walk into a convenience store, and you can’t even see the sugary sodas for all the energy drinks cluttering up the aisles, touting vitamin B12 among their many other energy-boosting ingredients.  Why are more Americans turning to vitamin-infused 5-hour energy shots for instant get-up-and-go, and do these products work?

5-HOUR ENERGY DRINKS WITH VITAMIN B12- WHAT’S THE CATCH? WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Energy drinks- is it all bull?

The label on the can promises extra vitamin B12 -cobalamin- for “maximum energy,” athletic endurance, and increased mental focus, without causing nasty side effects associated with most energy drinks (nervousness, paranoia, and insomnia).  At least, that’s the claim.  But how healthy are vitamin B12 drinks, and does the “energy blend” of vitamins and nutrients really have that much impact on your energy level?

Let’s look at the most common ingredients in a 2-ounce bottle:

  • Niacin- 30mg (150% RDA)
  • Vitamin B6- 40mg (2000% RDA)
  • Folic acid- 400mcg (100% RDA)
  • Vitamin B12- 500mcg (8333% RDA)
  • “Energy Blend”- 1870mg

Oh, and don’t forget the caffeine

Yes- all energy drinks contain loads of caffeine, in addition to all the healthy nutrients.  That “energy blend” referred to on the label includes about 138mg of caffeine- ounce for ounce, the same amount of caffeine as in a cup of brewed coffee, and twice as much caffeine as you’ll find in a cup of instant coffee.

5-HOUR ENERGY DRINKS WITH VITAMIN B12- WHAT’S THE CATCH? WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Boost Energy Now! 20 Practical Tips for Fighting Fatigue

Why include vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 has gained a lot of popularity these days as the “energy vitamin,” and for good reason.  Vitamin B12 helps your body convert carbs into energy.  Vitamin B12 also helps produce amino acids, promotes a healthy metabolism, builds red blood cells, supports healthy cognitive functioning, protects your nervous system by sustaining myelin, and regulates homocysteine, a hormone linked with heart attacks and strokes.  (See B Vitamins prevent Cardiovascular Disease- B6, B12 and Folate)

Some side effects of having low vitamin B12 in your system include

  • chronic fatigue, despite getting plenty of sleep
  • exhaustion after exercise
  • depression
  • trouble concentrating
  • memory loss
  • confusion
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • irritability

Tired of being Tired all the Time…It’s Tiring!

Some of the more physical, neurological side effects of having B12 deficiency include

  • arms or feet constantly going numb, or “falling asleep”
  • painful tingling sensations in the hands, feet, or tongue
  • sore, reddened tongue
  • altered taste perception
  • tinnitus (ear ringing)
  • weak muscles
  • poor motor control
  • clumsiness
  • frequent stumbling while walking or running
  • inability to balance on one leg

Painful Tingling in Hands and Feet- What’s Up with That?

Over a long period, low vitamin B12 levels could lead to pernicious anemia, early onset dementia like Alzheimer’s disease, neurological damage, osteoporosis, stroke, heart attack…even death.

5-HOUR ENERGY DRINKS WITH VITAMIN B12- WHAT’S THE CATCH? WWW.B12PATCH.COM

Why you’re better off getting your B12 elsewhere

Nobody’s disputing that it’s important to get your daily fix of vitamin and minerals. But it’s important to make sure you get a potent, fully digestible form of vitamin B12.  The problem with many energy drinks is that they only work if your body is able to absorb vitamin B12.  And most people who suffer severe fatigue and loss of concentration because of low vitamin B12 levels lack the necessary chemicals for vitamin B12 absorption from dietary sources and distributing it to the blood supply.

In fact, if you don’t produce “intrinsic factor,” then no amount of vitamin B12 food sources, drinks, sprays, or pills will give you the boost of energy and mental focus you need to get through the day.  To get vitamin B12 into your blood, you will have to bypass the digestive system.

First, find out if you have B12 deficiency by asking your doctor for a blood test. Supplementation may include vitamin B12 supplements or b12 shots.

Read more about vitamin B12 for energy:

Is Vitamin B12 the Secret to the Fountain of Youth?

Sources:

Caffeine in 5-Hour Energy

5 HOUR ENERGY DRINK INGREDIENTS

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nattu, Nina Matthews Photography, Annie Mole

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