Memory Vitamins

Jenie Aikman is slowly losing her husband to a cruel disease. "He's in the later stages of the disease, he's incontinent, he's unable to speak conversation is very difficult for him."

At just 41, Kym was diagnosed with early onset dementia, given just five years to live. "Kim has a genetic form of Alzheimers disease which was passed down from his mother who passed away from that 28 years ago and his sister also developed Alzheimers and she passed away."

It means their teenage children, 16-year-old Amie and 13-year-old Matthew are also at risk of developing alzheimer's. "Our children have a 50 per cent chance of that happening but I guess the good thing for us is that our children have time on their hands."

While a cure is a long way off prevention could be closer than we think the latest from a us study giving families like the aikman's some hope.

Dr Bryce Vissel researches neurodegenerative disorders and says the latest studies are promising. It follows similar findings at oxford university that people who took vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid supplements had better brain function and memory than those who didn't.

1 in 15 people over the age of 65 are at risk and almost 40 per cent of australians are thought to be deficient in vitamin b12 hard to detect and often overlooked. "Vitamin B12 is involved in the formation of healthy blood cells and functioning of nerves so if you're not getting enough 2.50 Your energy levels could suffer same as your mental clarity"

B12 is found in meat, shellfish, eggs and dairy products but even eating these foods isn't guaranteed to deliver the required level. "Even people who had a normal diet of meat and so forth Vit B12 supplementation can be helpful to them. "

Dan Shultz has been a vegan for 20 years meaning he eats no animal products. Through years of research he's discovered two natural alternatives to getting more B12 in his diet. "Spirulina is termed a blue green algae it's a plant and it's a really strange substance and it produces quite a lot of vit b12 as well as a lot of other really terrific nutrients so it's a really nourishing food and I eat it every day"

He starts his days with a spirulina smoothie. "The recommended intake of Vitamin B12 a day is about 2 micro grams you'd get that from about 1 teaspoon of spirulina, it's not very much just a couple of spirulina tablets or a teaspoon a day and you start to get these really great nutrients into the body."

Then there's this little known golden berry. A south american superfood that contains B12 and B6 along with a healthy dose of vitamin C. "It's like a gift wrapped berry and you pop it open and there's these little berries inside and they've got a really delicious tangy flavour they're very high in protein they're very high in Vitamin B12 and they're really easy to eat and quite affordable" And a small price to pay for a healthy body and healthy mind. "The message here is risk v benefit so taken in reasonably normal amounts as in 1mg of Vit B12 or 1mg V B6 a day, it's not going to be harmful and it may help"

Further Details

Vitamin B12 -Pills availalble at Chemists and health food stores.


Available in powder or tablet form at all good health food stores.

Golden Berries

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