B vitamins

  1. B vitamins block pollution damage

    STOP hidden heart damage with this nutrient

    Everyone knows the OBVIOUS risk factors for heart problems.

    There's the toll that junk food and obesity take on your body... a sluggish metabolism caused by lack of movement... bad habits like smoking or drinking to excess... and so on.

    But there are OTHER factors that are much less obvious.

    I try to draw attention to them because many people who THINK they're healthy don't realize how they could be unwittingly exposing themselves to risk every day.

    And one of those hidden risks is in the very air you breathe!

    If you live in or around a major city, there's really no such thing as truly "fresh" air, even if the skies are blue and there's no industrial smell creeping into your nose.

    There are pollutants... and lots of them, hiding in plain sight because they're much too small to see.

    You CAN'T stop breathing, but new research shows something you CAN do to stop the damage caused by the dangerous particles floating all around you.

    Take B vitamins!

    The new study finds these essential nutrients can literally REVERSE the damage caused by ambient PM2.5, which is the result of burning fuel and one of the nation's most common air pollutants.

    If you live in a place with cars... trucks... a power plant... or a factory, you've got it in your own air, and once inside the body this particle is known to alter the heart rate and damage immune system function.

    But not if you take a B supplement.

    The new study finds that in otherwise healthy adults, B vitamins can undo the damage caused by ambient PM2.5 on nearly every level.

    And it works within just four weeks.

    In the study, volunteers were put through multiple experiments where everyone was given a placebo for a month, exposed to pollution and tested... and then given B vitamins for a month, exposed to pollution and tested again.

    Compared to the placebo, the B vitamins cut the effects of pollution on heart rate by 150 percent.

    It also shored up the immune system, boosting total white blood count by 139 percent and lymphocyte count by 106 percent.

    If you live in a city or suburb... or near a power plant or factory... you might want to start shopping for a quality B complex, especially if you're at risk for heart disease.

    Even if you don't, you may want to add one to your regimen -- especially if you're a little older, as B vitamins can also slash inflammation, protect the brain and cut the risk of heart problems in seniors.

  2. B vitamins and fish oil can protect against cognitive decline

    Natural duo helps beat back "brain shrink"

    Believe it or not, as you read this, your brain might actually be getting smaller. And it’s not because you gave up trying to solve the crossword in the Times…and it’s not even because you’ve been spending more time on Facebook than with your nose in a book.

    If you’re like most seniors, you might not be getting enough of one of the most effective natural weapons in the battle to protect your brain: Vitamin B12.

    For years now, I’ve been telling you how B vitamins have been proven to protect memory and slow the “brain shrink” that marks cognitive decline – even if you’re ALREADY showing the early warning signs of dementia.

    And now, the latest research shows how to transform these already-powerful nutrients into brain-boosting superstars.

    All you have to do is increase your omega-3 intake.

    In the new study, 266 seniors with MCI were given either a placebo or a B complex with folic acid, B6 and B12. They also had blood tests to check their levels of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA.

    Two years later, folks given the B complex had little to no improvement when compared to those on a placebo IF they had low levels of those fatty acids.

    But folks with high EPA and DHA levels saw major changes, with improvements on tests of both thinking and memory.

    These essential fats found mostly in fish have already been shown to protect the brain on their own. With or without B vitamins, they can fight depression… ease anxiety and stress… and help ward off the effects of cognitive decline.

    But why settle for just one or the other? These two sets of essentials are even better together, giving seniors with the frustrating signs of mild cognitive impairment an extra burst of protection against this brain-robbing condition.

    There’s no drug out there that can slow MCI like this one-two punch of fatty acids and B vitamins did in this latest study!

    Next up, researchers plan to conduct a longer study to see if the supplements can stop MCI from turning into dementia.

    But it could be years before we see results – and if you’re already a little older and suffering from the early signs of cognitive impairment, time isn’t on your side.

    Since you need help NOW – and since these are essential nutrients anyway and can help protect the heart as well as the brain – why not start boosting your intake of both with supplements?

    Don’t rely on your multivitamin alone here, even if it claims to have omega-3s in it. Most don’t have nearly enough.

    Instead, take a multivitamin with minerals along with a B complex and an omega-3 supplement. As always, stick to quality vitamins from makers you trust – not the junk you find in discount stores.

  3. Senior moments not mild cognitive impairment

    Memory lapses or "senior moments" might feel like warning signs of dementia, but they're not. Four of five seniors who experience them will never develop the disease.
  4. Beat depression with the benefits of acupuncture

    Acupuncture can work against depression as well as counseling and perhaps even better than meds, according to the latest research.
  5. Feeling depressed doubles stroke risk

    A new Australian study finds that depression may double stroke risk in women... even younger ones in their 40's and 50's.
  6. B vitamins can help protect against memory problems

    A new study confirms that ordinary B vitamins can fight dementia slowing down the physical deterioration in the brain that goes with it.
  7. Women and the benefits of multivitamins

    Multivitamins can help improve the mood, beat stress, fight fatigue and more, according to new research.
  8. New risks linked to migraine with aura

    Women who suffer from migraine with aura have a much higher risk of serious heart problems.
  9. Beat the causes of depression

    Many cases of depression are really just cases of poor nutrition -- and fixing the diet can also cure the depression.
  10. SSRI drugs can increase stroke risk

    Some of the most common meds used to treat depression can increase the risk of stroke by up to 50 percent.
  11. Vitamin D may help asthmatics get the disease under control

    Vitamin D can boost lung function, and a new study finds it can even help asthmatics who take meds get better control of their disease.
  12. Depression drugs can harm mother and baby

    There's not much data on what antipsychotics do during pregnancy -- but new research finds these meds can hurt mom and baby alike.
  13. Eggs can help you stay fuller longer and eat less at lunch

    The best breakfast is a plate of eggs as researchers find that they can help you stay fuller longer and even eat less at lunch.
  14. Easy and inexpensive ways to boost your brainpower

    Want to be smart? Follow your mother's advice and don't forget to take your vitamins -- because even the basics can deliver noticeable and almost immediate benefits.
  15. Feed your brain some fat

    There are plenty of places on the body where you definitely don't want fat building up. But there's one place you want as fat as can be, and that's right inside your skull.
  16. Quick quiz can measure your Alzheimer's risk

    We waste a fortune on tests we don't need for conditions we don't have -- conditions we often shouldn't be worrying about in the first place.
  17. Nicotine may slow cognitive decline

    Could nicotine possibly be good for you? Short answer: Yes... sort of, and a new study shows again how the most addictive ingredient in cigarettes could help boost the brain.
  18. Cognitive decline begins in middle age

    Senior moments aren't just for seniors anymore. Anyone can have a brain hiccup no matter how old or young they are -- but the latest research shows that the cognitive slide we usually associate with aging actually begins earlier than anyone would have thought.
  19. One more reason to drink beer

    In fact, you can get just about all the benefits of wine and then some from plain old beer -- and the latest research confirms that a cold brew is every bit as good for your heart as a glass of red.
  20. The key vitamins that will protect your brain

    Some brains, however, shrink faster than others -- and since this rapid loss of gray matter is often a warning sign of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, you want to limit your own shrinkage as much as possible. And the best way to do that is with the vitamins you should be getting anyway.

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