B vitamins play an important role in maintaining good health. They add energy and strengthen the nervous system. Vitamins that are particularly related to brain health include vitamins B1, B6, B9 and B12.
Vitamin B1 deficiency (which is common in people with alcoholism) significantly affects behavior and memory. Sometimes it damages the brain permanently.
If you associate folic acid (vitamin B9) with pregnancy, then you are right. For years, pregnant women have been recommended to supplement this vitamin. Why? Vitamin B9 prevents the occurrence of a serious disease such as spina bifida.
In turn, vitamin B12 deficiency, which affects up to 10% of the population, leads to anemia. Vegetarians and vegans experience it quite often. Of course, only those who have an unbalanced diet. If that was not enough, insufficient blood levels of this vitamin can cause other problems. Among them, there are neurological and mental diseases such as dementia.
In addition, a 2019 study on 780 people showed that very low levels of vitamin B12 and folic acid are associated with mental health problems. This was true for children, especially teenagers. It is about both schizophrenia and mood disorders, e.g. depression.
The body has its own store of B vitamins. Therefore, they must be supplied from the outside, preferably with food. In the event of very large deficiencies, supplementation is necessary.
A good source of B vitamins is:
Vegetarians can make up for vitamin B12 deficiencies by reaching for dairy products, eggs, and some mushrooms. Beware of alcohol deficiency - it "flushes" B vitamins out of the body.
Uridine is a substance that is responsible for the production of one of the components of the nerve cell membrane. Its deficiency makes the electrical signals in the nervous system slower. The effects are, among others memory impairment. This is a phenomenon characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.
Vitamin B deficiency may be due to the symptoms of the disease itself. Stands out:
This is accompanied by a reduced ability to draw nutrients (vitamins and uridine) from food. A few years ago, scientists from the Netherlands created a supplement containing, among others, uridine and B vitamins. It improved memory in as many as 40% of patients with early-stage Alzheimer's disease. This translated into greater independence of the sick, less burden on families and the state.
What's more, the uridine, vitamin B9 (folic acid) and B12 combination has been shown to be effective in reducing pain in carpal tunnel syndrome. It is a common neurological disease. It is manifested by pain and numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers and the ring part, also at night. The patient wakes up and shakes his hand for relief. Sometimes the pain is so intense that surgery is needed.
Uridine is also a candidate for the treatment of epilepsy. Why? It inhibits the kindling phenomenon. As the name suggests, uridine blocks the spread of "bad" nerve signals, resulting in an epilepsy attack