Vitamin D Intake May Reduce Risk For Alzheimer’s
Throughout time, scientists have tried to find a way to top the terrible condition called Alzheimer’s from developing so rapidly and it seems that the best way to do it is by huge vitamin D intakes.
Alzheimer’s disease, also known as dementia, is the type of condition that affects memory, thinking and behavior and in time, it only gets worse. Most symptoms in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s consist of impairment in thinking, the inability to use language properly, the inability to make decisions, personality changes and even hallucinations. One of the factors that contribute to the development of the disease is represented by old age and there are millions of people in the world suffering from this condition at the moment.
A new study, made on mice, seems to suggest that vitamin D and transporter proteins found at the blood-brain barrier may reduce the risks of a person of developing Alzheimer’s once old age hits. According to the researchers, low levels of vitamin D has proven to reduce memory and cognition in elder people and a group of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have looked closely into the matter, in order to see what the role of vitamin D really is in preventing Alzheimer’s from developing.
The researchers also stated that vitamin D helps the transportation of amyloid beta across the blood brain barrier, thus controlling the influx. Given that this transportation of proteins decreases with old age, this is why Alzheimer’s develops. Thus, they talk about how greater intakes of vitamin D may help this transportation and thus, may prevent the disease from accelerating or even from installing.
However, even though many studies have been made on the issue and even though scientists all around the world are struggling to find cures for the condition, no treatment has proven effective until now. Once the patients with Alzheimer’s reach the third stage of the condition, the degradation of the brain is very fast and nothing can be done to reverse it.11