B Vitamins Help Offset Brain Aging
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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B vitamins are essential to the function of your nerves. When you don’t have enough of them, important functions are reduced. This directly leads to a build up of nerve-toxic free-radical Cell signaling mechanism that is derived from molecular oxygen under reducing conditions. In high amounts it produces unwanted side reactions which result in cell damage, cell injury and cell death which in turn leads to various diseases. damage and consequent deterioration of your brain. While there are many nutrients that can help offset nerve-related decline, B vitamins are a basic foundation for nerve health and something you should have as part of any basic dietary supplement program.
Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture1 are using advanced science technology to show that low levels of B vitamins are associated with cognitive decline, depression, and generally poor mental function. What is interesting about these studies is that it is not a deficiency in the classic sense that is causing the problem; rather, it is taking less than an optimal higher intake that is causing problems. This means that what medical or other health professionals might find on a lab test as “normal” is far from adequate for optimal function.
B vitamins are lacking in processed foods and used up by stress. Ensuring you are functionally adequate in B vitamins is important for your mental well-being as well as your metabolic health.
Nutrients are called vitamins when your body cannot make them from internal biochemistry, meaning you must have them from dietary sources or dietary supplements. B vitamins are required within cells to help make energy and energy is needed by everything else in your body. Too much tiredness or fatigue is the most basic sign of a lack of B vitamins. The longer such a lack of energy persists, especially if you are under stress, the more likely you are to struggle with optimal mental function. This means a potentially poor mood in the short term and a progressive loss of cognitive function over the long haul.
It is often overlooked that B vitamins are essential to the function of your digestive tract. Your digestive tract requires up to 1/3 of your total energy expenditure every day. If you don’t have enough energy for it to function well then you are more at risk for a variety of digestive-related problems, including food sensitivity or intolerance. Since B vitamins are fundamental to energy production everywhere in your body they may be able to help you improve almost any health issue.
Know the B vitamin quality difference! The most absorbable and beneficial forms of B vitamins are coenzyme Enzyme in its most active form that assists with biochemical transport and is considered an active constituent. B vitamins>. Just look at the vitamin B12 in your multiple vitamin or b-complex supplement. The low quality form of B12 is called cyanocobalamin. and even produces cyanide in the first step of metabolism. Anyone already struggling with energy or nerve health will not do well with this type of B12. The coenzyme Enzyme in its most active form that assists with biochemical transport and is considered an active constituent., high-quality forms of B12 are called methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. These are readily absorbed and used by the body to boost energy, combat stress, and support nerve health.
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