Vitamin B against Alzheimer’s

A recent study suggests that high doses of vitamin B can halve the brain shrinkage in older people who experience some signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

The research, published in the journal PLoS One and conducted by scientists from the Oxford Project for Memory Research and Aging (OPTIMA), is based on the examination of 168 elderly people who experienced a certain level of mental deterioration known as mild cognitive impairment. This condition, marked by memory lapses and language problems, goes beyond normal aging and can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

In the experiments, half of the volunteers received a daily tablet containing levels well above the recommended daily amount of the B family of vitamins, such as folic acid, B6 and B12. The other half received a placebo.

After two years, the Magnetic Resonance analysis showed that the speed at which their brains were shrinking had been reduced. While the brain shrinks on average at a rate of 0.5% per year after the age of 60, the brains of people with mild cognitive impairment shrink twice as fast, and in Alzheimer’s patients the contraction increases up to 2.5% per year. The team of scientists detected that in those who received vitamin supplements, the contraction of the brain decreased between 30% and 50% compared to their peers.

But why? Some vitamins of the B family, such as folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12, control the levels of a blood substance known as homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine ​​are associated with a faster contraction of the brain and with Alzheimer’s disease. The authors of the study believe that the effect of B vitamins on homocysteine ​​levels was the effect that helped slow the rate of brain contraction. “These vitamins are doing something to the structure of the brain, they’re protecting it, and that’s very important.

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The best sources of vegetable proteins

Obtaining proteins without resorting to dairy or meat can help you stay slim and healthy.

Proteins are broken down in the body as amino acids that promote cell growth and repair. Another benefit of proteins is that they take longer to digest, so you’ll feel fuller for longer with fewer calories without wanting to peck.

Meat is one of the main sources of protein. However, it is not the only way to obtain it. That is why we present 14 sources of vegetable protein, as well as tips on how to add them to your diet.

Before viewing them, note that women should get around 46 g of protein per day, while men 56 g
1. Green peas
Legumes are a good source of vegetarian protein. One cup of green peas contains 7.9 g of vegetable protein, about the same as a cup of milk.

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If you do not like them, you can add them in a pesto sauce by mixing them with toasted pine nuts, fresh mint, olive oil and Parmesan.
2. Quinoa
Most cereals contain a small amount of protein. However, it should be noted its high presence in quinoa with more than 8 g per cup. In addition, it is the protein source par excellence because it includes the nine essential amino acids that the body needs for growth and repair, but can not produce by itself.

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You have no excuse not to include quinoa in your diet since it is very versatile. You can make salads, sauté them with vegetables, add sugar and eat them with fruits like breakfast, etc.

3. Nuts
A part of protein, they contain healthy fats. So, adding nuts to your diet is very important.

Almonds, cashews and pistachios, for example, contain 160 calories and 5 or 6 grams of protein per fruit. Choose varieties that are raw or dry toasted. Also, choose the brand with as few ingredients as possible, only nuts and maybe salt. On the other hand, avoid those that have hydrogenated oils or a lot of added sugar.

4. Beans
There are many varieties of beans. A common characteristic is its high amount of vegetable protein. Two cups of beans contain approximately 26 g.

5. Chickpeas
With only half a cup of chickpeas, you will get 7.3 g of vegetable protein. In addition, they are very beneficial because of their high fiber content and low calories.

You can add them in salads, make mashed chickpeas, make hummus …

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If you are vegan or vegetarian, these are some of the sources that you can use to have a balanced diet considering proteins.

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The key Vitamins that you need after 40

In all the stages of our life we ​​need vitamins to provide nutrients to our body. Depending on the age, the need is different. That’s why we’ll show you the vitamins you need after age 40.

According to a study published by Dessau Medical Center, Germany; Women should consume collagen from 30 years of age, to delay aging.

Then other vitamins that are recommended to ingest:

Calcium

As time goes by, the wear and tear of bones or joints is inevitable, in order to strengthen them, it is important to consume calcium every day.

B12

This vitamin improves blood circulation and prevents anemia.

Vitamin D

It helps to have a better absorption of essential nutrients and is associated with increased bone density.

Omega 3

It regulates cholesterol levels in the blood and delays aging by eliminating free radicals.

Magnesium

It reduces the levels of glucose in the blood. It also protects the health of the kidneys.

 

These are vitamins that can not be missed every day after age 40. It is also important that you exercise at least three times a week and you will stay healthy and fit.

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