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You Need Vitamin B12 for a Sharp Brain as You Age - Yet 1 in 4 are Deficient in It

You Need Vitamin B12 for a Sharp Brain as You Age - Yet 1 in 4 are Deficient in It

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  • A lack of vitamin B12 may lead to cognitive problems and brain shrinkage
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency is widespread and many have trouble absorbing this nutrient properly from food sources
  • Blood tests for vitamin B12 are not always a reliable indicator of B12 status; watching for symptoms of deficiency and increasing your dietary and supplemental intake is a practical alternative to blood testing
  • B12 is found in animal-protein, which is why vegetarians and vegans are at high risk of developing deficiency. Coffee drinkers may also increase their risk, as four or more cups of coffee a day can reduce your B vitamin stores by as much as 15 percent

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin B12, or rather a lack thereof, has been called the "canary in the coalmine" for your future brain health, and recent research has bolstered the importance of this vitamin in keeping your mind sharp as you age.

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