It’s happened to every one of us.
You walk into a room and forget why you went in there.
Or maybe your brain went blank when you tried to give a friend directions to your house.
If you’re still wet behind the ears, you probably just laughed it off. But for the rest of us an incident like this can feel FAR more serious.
We can’t help but worry that this might be an early sign of something much worse.
We wonder if what looks like an innocent “brain burp” could be the first sign of a terrifying slide into dementia.
And while I don’t want to alarm you, if these moments do start to occur more often than not, your doctor may one day soon even confirm your worst fears.
But his diagnosis could be way off base.
Is an ordinary vitamin behind YOUR memory loss?
What if I told you a simple vitamin deficiency could be the cause of your memory loss?
That your so-called “dementia” may, in fact, not really be dementia at all?
Well according to a disturbing Canadian study, it’s true. A lack of one simple nutrient can masquerade as dementia in a shocking number of seniors.
And, frighteningly, very few docs will ever even think to test for it.
According to experts, more than 50 percent of those of us in our Golden Years are running low in a vitamin that’s vital to both memory and mood.
More than 50% of seniors are low in B-12
I’m talking about vitamin B-12.
And according to researchers if six seniors were to stand together in a room at least one of them wouldn’t just be low in B-12, they’d be critically low.
And those basement low levels are a problem. Because it turns out the symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency are eerily similar to those of dementia. And they could have your doctor delivering a wrong diagnosis of dementia.
That’s the bad news. But the good news is it’s easy to raise your B-12 levels.
Many animal-based foods are rich in B-12 such as…
- beef liver
- wild caught salmon
- grass-fed beef
- feta cheese
- cottage cheese
And there are B-12 supplements available too.
But to get the most benefits be sure you’re getting enough omega-3s too. Research has revealed folks with the highest levels of brain-friendly omega-3 fatty acids get the biggest boost from B supplements.
In fact, in one study folks with the highest omega-3 levels who took a B-complex supplement (B-6, B-12 and folate) had their age-related brain shrinkage slowed by an incredible 40 percent.
In other words, even if you’re starting to experience some memory loss or cognitive decline B vitamins can help put the brakes on.
Critical B-12 deficiency can cause serious harm
But here’s the thing. If you suspect your B-12 numbers are running low enough to be causing memory loss and mood issues trying to raise your levels with food or oral supplements alone might not be enough.
Ask your doctor about taking a simple blood test to check your levels.
If your numbers are very low, you need to take it seriously. Critically low levels can lead to depression, paranoia, incontinence, a loss of taste and smell and more.
If your numbers are in the danger zone, your doctor may want to start you on B-12 injections. But don’t worry they’re teeny-tiny needles and essentially painless. (I promise. I’ve had them myself.)
If you’ve been experiencing memory problems, don’t wait. Talk with your doctor TODAY about having your B-12 levels tested.
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