B Vitamins Give Your Brain a Boost

Published: September 24, 2012

As you age, there are many factors that help keep your brain and mind functioning optimally, from mental stimulation to magnesium. One very important factor is nerve-nourishing B vitamins. A new study shows just how important they are.

Australian researchers studied 900 depressed people aged 60 to 74, giving them either a placebo or a daily supplement containing folic acid and vitamin B12. After two years, those taking the vitamin had "an improvement in cognitive functioning," including better memory, compared to the placebo group.

If you have "brain fog" from CFS, B vitamins can help with that, too.


"Oral folic acid and vitamin B-12 supplementation to prevent cognitive decline in community-dwelling older adults with depressive symptoms — the Beyond Ageing Project: a randomized controlled trial." Walker JG et al, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2012 Jan;95(1):194-203. Epub 2011 Dec 14.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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