Vitamin C, taken in its natural source, may delay the progression and severity of Alzheimer’s and age-related cognitive decline
By Dawn Flemming
Alzheimer’s is a diseases in which lumps of plaques build up in your brain. The plaques cause the death of nerve cells in the brain. The first place that the disease attacks in the brain’s memory.
In a modern study of the effects of vitamin C and Alzheimer’s and age-related cognitive deterioration, it has been shown that when mice who suffered from Alzheimer’s were treated with vitamin C, the proteins that made up the plaques seemed to dissolve.
The findings did not suggest that vitamin C is a cure for Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive decline, but they did suggest that vitamin C and good nutrition overall can delay the progression Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline.
The study concluded that both the vitamin C from fresh fruit as well as its juice were effective in this process. Our own conclusion here is that for people to get the full benefits of vitamin C, it must be taken from natural sources as vitamins always work best in parallel with other nutrients that fruits offer. Isolating vitamins in the form of synthetic supplements generally do not produce the desired results that the vitamin may offer in its natural state.
Dawn Flemming is Director of Business Services at Geriatric In-Home Care in Fresno, California.