1 out of 5 of us will experience brain decline by the time we reach our seventies
Half of the people who experience brain decline in their 70’s will advance to dementia and death within five years. That is why it is better to halt the progression as early as possible.
Researchers believe that high levels of homocysteine in the blood are responsible for memory and cognitive decline and brain damage
When it comes to the single biggest risk factor in the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia, it is homocysteine. Your risk is increased two-fold when the levels of homocysteine in the blood reach over 14 (µmol/L). 1 out 6 Alzheimer’s cases are caused by high levels of homocysteine, according to researchers.
These three vitamins can detoxify the body and lower the levels of homocysteine
Consuming vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folate can detoxify homocysteine in the body.
In individuals suffering from mild cognitive impairment, lowering homocysteine with B vitamins has the potential to slow down brain atrophy, according to a double-blind randomized controlled trial. As we get older, brain atrophy happens at a sedated pace, but for people with Alzheimer’s, the atrophy happens at a much faster pace. B vitamins slowed brain shrinkage significantly when researchers gave them to people for 2 years. For people with high levels of homocysteine, the rate of atrophy was cut by 50%.
And when it comes to areas that are especially vulnerable to Alzheimer’s, a follow-up study on B-vitamin treatment further demonstrated that it reduces brain atrophy by seven-fold.
Eat more plants to get homocysteine lowering folate
You can decrease the levels of homocysteine in your blood by 20-percent in a week if you go on a healthy plant-based diet. The levels can reach 9 mmoles per liter from 11 mmoles per liter. Fiber is believed to be the reason for this drop. Folate levels are increased by about 2% in the blood with every gram of fiber you consume daily.
Lowering of methionine intake could also be the cause. Homocysteine comes from methionine. Methionine comes from animal protein and is converted to homocysteine when it is broken down. Your homocysteine levels can spike if you consume eggs and bacon for breakfast and steak come dinner time. This means safe levels of homocysteine can be achieved by switching to a plant-based diet.