Are you looking for ways to keep your mind strong as you age? One of the things that researchers have found is that B vitamins come into play with cognitive decline in older people. In one project, investigators found that men and women who had higher levels of the B vitamin folate were able to remember more of the main details of a short story than those whose folate levels were relatively low.
In another Tufts study, a group of men who had the highest blood levels of folate were most likely to be able to copy geometric drawings correctly, in contrast to those with the lowest levels. (The same went for vitamin B12.) And men with relatively high blood levels of vitamin B6 were more adept at memory tests. One involved listening to a series of numbers and then repeating them backwards. The other consisted of the men’s listing the order in which they had taken eight cognitive tests administered to them within the previous half hour.
(Source: Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter)