Folic acid boosts brain power

| Post published on June 2, 2007
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Researchers from the Netherlands have shown that supplementing the diet with folic acid can help boost brain power in the over-50s. In this three-year study, those taking 800 micrograms of folic acid per day performed significantly better in a range of mental agility tests than those taking a placebo. The government recommends 200 micrograms of folic acid per day for adults but says most people can get enough folic acid by eating a varied and balanced diet, Folic acid is widely available in a veggie diet; good sources include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peas, chickpeas, yeast extract and brown rice.

Durga et al., 2007. Effect of 3-year folic acid supplementation on cognitive function in older adults in the FACIT trial: a randomised, double blind, controlled trial. Lancet. 369 (9557) 208-216.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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