Folic acid – fighting against Alzheimer’s
There is now growing evidence that folic acid can help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It’s all to do with homocysteine.
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease. It slowly takes away your ability to lead a normal life as well as the memories that accompany that. The effects are felt much wider than just the person with the condition. Close and loved ones will have an equally hard time coping with and caring for the sufferer.
What is homocysteine?
Homocysteine is an amino acid containing sulphur. It is produced when methionine (another amino acid) metabolizes. Methionine is present in high protein foods such as meat and cheese plus many others.
If your body is unable to keep the homocysteine at the correct level and the amount in our bodies rises it damages the DNA of brain cells which can lead to their decline, and can also damage the small blood vessels in the brain. Excess homocysteine can also cause blood to clot faster which increases the risk of a stroke.
To keep homocysteine at the correct levels many experts recommend taking folic acid as this helps to lower elevated levels of homocysteine.
A healthy diet will also help with beets and broccoli especially good at helping reduce homocysteine levels.
As with any condition, prevention is better than cure so now is the time to look at these new discoveries. Our MemoMax also falls into this category with its high flavanol content. Taking it now will help keep your brain working at its best and your memory sharper.