Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Brain Benefits of Meat

Meat prevents memory loss
Published: (11-09-2008)

A vitamin found in meat can help prevent brain shrinkage and protect against memory loss in old age, a new study has found.

In a study conducted by the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division and part-funded by charity Alzheimer’s Research Trust, scientists found that people with higher vitamin B12 levels in their blood were less likely to experience brain shrinkage.

Vitamin B12 – found in foods such as meat, fish and milk – is crucial to the formation of red blood cells and the maintenance of a healthy nervous system.

Rebecca Wood, Alzheimer’s Research Trust chief executive, said: “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. Read More

We continue to see science prove the health benefits of a balanced diet that includes meat and dairy products. The idea that one could live a healthy life if they just eat one food group should seem ridiculous to anyone. If eating meat can possibly help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, that would be tremendous. There isn’t much worse than watching someone slowly falling victim to this devastating disease.

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