As our population ages more health problems arise, memory loss is becoming an increasing concern for many people. A new Australian study has found taking folic acid and vitamin B12 may reduce memory loss in people aged over 60. The study involved 900 participants aged between 60 – 74 yrs old with elevated psychological distress. The participants were given either a placebo or 400mcg of folic acid and 100mcg of vitamin B12 to take daily. The study was conducted over a two year period with the participants assessed and monitored at 12 and 24 months.
The results of the study found that participants supplementing with folic acid and vitamin B12 showed less cognitive change compared to those taking the placebo. Good results were seen in people after taking the supplements for at least 12 months, with the biggest improvement seen in memory decline. The researchers concluded that long-term supplementation with 400mcg of folic acid and 100mcg of vitamin B12 daily promotes improved cognitive function after 24 months, particularly in immediate and delayed memory performance.