Meat, fish and milk ‘protect against memory loss’

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  • Fish, meat and milk key to avoiding memory loss

    Eating a diet rich in fish, meat and milk protects against memory loss, according to a new study.

    Scientists have discovered that a key vitamin found in the foods helps to stop our brain from shrinking, which in turn can cause memory problems.

    The vitamin, B12, is found in meat, fish, fortified cereals and milk and is a vital vitamin for forming red blood cells which maintain a healthy nervous system.

    The study, conducted at Oxford University, found that volunteers who had lower levels of the vitamin in their blood were six times more likely to experience brain shrinkage than those with higher levels.

    Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust spoke to the Telegraph saying: ‘This study suggests that consuming more vitamin B12 through eating meat, fish, fortified cereals or milk as part of a balanced diet might help protect the brain. Liver and shellfish are particularly rich sources of B12.

    Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common problem among elderly people in the UK and has been linked to declining memory and dementia.’

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