Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Can Vitamin B3 Reduce Memory Problems (Nicotinamide)


Researchers are reporting that huge doses of Nicotinamide (a form of vitamin B3) appear to eliminate memory problems in mice with the rodent equivalent of Alzheimer's disease. This information is being reported in The Journal of Neuroscience.

This science gets my attention because Nicotinamide is a water-soluble vitamin sold over the counter in health food stores.

While it is impossible for me to know how and why, a combination of exercise, Aricept, vitamin B, multiple vitamins, vitamin supplements, a healthy diet, cocoa flavanols, bright light, and a heavy emphasis on socialization has slowed the progression of Alzheimer's in my mother. We will be adding Nicotinamide to this regimen shortly.
The nicotinamide, in fact, slightly enhanced cognitive abilities in normal mice. 'This suggests that not only is it good for Alzheimer's disease, but if normal people take it, some aspects of their memory might improve,' Frank LaFerla, UC Irvine neurobiology and behavior professor.

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