Memory loss and homocysteine
Our ability to remember things often fails with age. There can also be subtle brain changes such as mild shrinkage. We now know of an important risk factor for poor memory and brain shrinkage – high blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine.
What is homocysteine?
Homocysteine is a by-product from protein in food. High homocysteine levels, which often increase as we age, damage nerves and blood vessels and greatly increase your risk of developing dementia and stroke.
B vitamins help turn homocysteine into healthy compounds like glutathione – an important antioxidant. But without enough B vitamins, harmful homocysteine levels rise.
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