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Low levels of vitamin B12 are strongly associated with brain shrinkage, a condition common in people with Alzheimer's disease. Conversely, adequate intake of the vitamin, from foods or supplements, may have a protective effect.

Some studies have also found an association between low levels of vitamin B12 and cognitive impairment.

Vitamin B12 may protect against brain volume loss in older people, and ultimately reduce the risk of developing dementia, suggests a new study from the University of Oxford. The researchers concluded that:

"Low vitamin B12 status should be further investigated as a modifiable cause of brain atrophy and of likely subsequent cognitive impairment in the elderly." Vitamin B12 deficiency is a recognized public health problem, particularly among older people, so increasing B12 intake could help to reduce the problem.
Click here learn more about the UK study by Vogiatzoglou A.
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Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is necessary for the body’s normal synthesis of red blood cells, important for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and vital for the proper growth and development of children.*

The Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board recommends that adults older than 50 years get most of their vitamin B12 from vitamin supplements or fortified food because of the high incidence of impaired ability to absorb vitamin B12 from foods that come from animals.
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B12 is also important in maintaining the health of nerves in the human body. The nervous system contains an insulating fatty covering comprised of a complex protein called myelin. B12 plays a vital role in the metabolism of fatty acids essential for the maintenance of this nerve covering.

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Are you a vegetarian? Vitamin B12 Supplentation is highly recommended.

B12 supplementation is crucial if you are a vegetarian because, since there isn’t an adequate source of vitamin B12 in plant foods, vegetarians often have low serum B12 levels. The American Dietetic Association has stated that vegetarians are at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency and highly recommend supplementing their diets with B12.

If deficiency of B12 occurs, symptoms include lack of energy, shortness of breath, anemia, menstrual disorders and poor resistance to infection.

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According to a study conducted by The University of California, Department Of Medicine, taking B12 and Folic Acid supplements together aids in cardiovascular health.

Source: News Release published by UC - San Francisco, 8/21/01, Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)

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Folic Acid is needed for the body’s energy production and is necessary for the body’s normal creation of red blood cells. It also helps synthesize DNA, which carries the body’s genetic information, helps with normal tissue growth and cell function.* In addition, Folic Acid also helps support the formation of digestive acids.
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It is commonly referred to as the “brain supplement” and has been shown to help with maintaining a healthy mental and emotionally balanced state.

Folic acid helps regulate embryonic and fetal development of the nerve cells and is VITAL for normal growth and development. Studies indicate that Folic Acid works best when combined with B12.
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Since 1998 the March of Dimes has been leading a national education campaign about folic acid and its role in preventing birth defects, and they recommend Folic Acid supplementation for all women ranging from 15 to 45 years of age. Click Here to Learn More

According to the Department of Health Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: “ All women should get in the habit of taking folic acid daily even if they are not planning to get pregnant.”

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Red Wine - The Fountain of Youth?

There's an ingredient in Red Wine that has been making headlines for its health benefits, and some say it may even slow the aging process! Our Health Expert Dr. David Friedman fills us in on this special anti-aging ingredient, and explains why red wine rules over white.
Resveratrol is a Super Antioxidant, which means it reduces the ‘free radicals’ in the body which cause inflammation. This inflammation reduces your body’s ability to burn fat. That’s why Resveratrol can naturally reduce this inflammation and make it easier to stay slim and young-looking!
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Resveratrol is a substance found in grapevines, in particular the red grape varieties. All these compounds are easily assimilated into the blood stream, have absolutely no side effects and help boost the body’s immune system.

More and more people are choosing Resveratrol as a dietary supplement due to the massive media attention it is receiving. To many, the discovery of this NEW anti-aging red wine extract is like finding the
"Fountain of Youth."

In fact, some of the worlds leading anti-aging experts say that even if your body has started to undergo the effects of aging, you may still be able to slow down this aging process with the power of Resveratrol.
“Red Wine Ingredient May Delay Aging” Resveratrol may prolong life and fight age-related diseases. Resveratrol is one of a group of antioxidant compounds called polyphenols found in red wine that has been reported to have anti-inflammatory as well as anticancer properties.
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"Resveratrol is the ingredient in red wine that made headlines in November when scientists demonstrated that it kept overfed mice from gaining weight, turned them into the equivalent of Olympic marathoners, and seemed to slow down their aging process. Few medical discoveries have generated so much instant buzz."
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It helps maintain a youthful mind & body.

It gives you younger looking, more radiant skin.

It protects your body from some of the effects of aging.

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"The miracle compound is something called resveratrol, found in the skins of grapes, and in red wine... If you were to drink enough red wine to get all the benefits, you'd have to drink 1,000 bottles of red wine a day."
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At high doses, resveratrol appears to prolong life spans and improve health in mice. Human trials are under way. Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Department of Internal Medicine's Complimentary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic, says "This may be the best thing since sliced bread for human beings..."
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"Resveratrol makes you look like a trained athlete without the training.”

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Resveratrol may prolong life and fight age-related diseases. Resveratrol is one of a group of antioxidant compounds called polyphenols found in red wine that has been reported to have anti-inflammatory as well as anticancer poperties. Resveratrol, may counter type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, a new study shows.
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At high doses, resveratrol appears to prolong life spans and improve health in mice. Human trials are under way. This research, funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, was published in the journals Nature and Cell in November, and bottles of resveratrol have been flying off the shelves since. Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Department of Internal Medicine’s Complimentary and Integrative Medicine Program at
Mayo Clinic says “This may be the best thing since sliced bread for human beings.”

Fox News: For years, red wine has been linked to numerous health benefits. But the new study, published online in the journal Nature on Thursday, shows that mammals given ultrahigh doses of resveratrol can get the good effects of cutting calories without actually doing it.

"If we're right about this, it would mean you could have the benefit of restricting calories without having to feel hungry," Sinclair said. "It's the Holy Grail of aging research."
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Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a naturally occurring compound that is synthesized in small amounts by plants, animals and humans. Scientists first discovered the importance of ALA in 1953, and it was recognized as an antioxidant in 1988. It has recently been the subject of a tremendous amount of research around the world, including the University of California Berkeley, The Linus Pauling Institute and The Mayo Clinic. ALA is highly recommended in the New York Times’ best selling book, The Perricone Prescription by Nicholas V. Perricone, M.D.

The body requires ALA to produce energy and also plays a crucial role in the mitochondria, our cellular energy-producing structures.* Foods contain only tiny amounts of it so supplementation may be beneficial. ALA is very unique compared to other forms of antioxidants because of its versatility—it helps deactivate a wide array of cell-damaging free radicals in many bodily systems. But many scientists consider the most important benefit of ALA to be its protection of the body’s mitochondria and DNA.* As we age, mitochondrial function is impaired, and this may be an important contributor to some of the adverse effects of aging. ALA also works closely with vitamin C and E and some other antioxidants, "recycling" them, which makes them much more effective.*
Alph-lipoic acid has been called the "universal antioxidant," but the benefits of this vitamin-like nutrient go far beyond its role as an antioxidant. Alpha-lipoic acid is found in every cell of the body, and supplements have shown benefits in treating pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes, nerve diseases, increasing energy metabolism, and slowing the aging process. It may even dampen appetite and help in weight loss.
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The body converts soome alpha-lipoic acid to dehydrolipoic acid, an even more powerful anti-oxidant. Both types of lipoic acid form the hub of the body's antioxidant recycling network, according to research by Lester Packer, PhD, an antioxidant expert at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. This antioxidant network helps recycle "used up" antioxidants like vitamins C and E back to full strength.

Alpha-lipoic acid ...

  • Benefits in Nerve Disease
  • Can help in Diabetes
  • May reduce Appetite
  • Benefits the Heart
  • Potential for Reversing Aging
  • Restores Liver Health

by Jack Challem,
The Nutrition ReporterTM

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... Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid, Resveratrol and Alpha Lipic Acid
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