1. Green leafy vegetables- Eating an average of 1.3 servings of green leafy vegetables daily (kale, spinach, etc.) kept participant’s brains ten years younger than people who ate an average of .5 servings or less daily. Rush University Medical Center published in the Journal of Neurology, December 2017.
  2. Lithium Orotate– Participants who consumed water with at least 40 mcg/liter of lithium experienced a significant reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s. In a similar study of over 73,000 people aged 50-90, 15 mcg of lithium was able to reduce the risk of dementia by 17%. Both studies were reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in January 2018.
  3. Vitamin C– A study from the Lund University Molecular Medicine Department in Sweden found that vitamin C was able to dissolve the toxic brain plaque associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. These amyloid plaques eventually kill brain cells. Published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
  4. Vitamins B6, B9 (folate) and B12– Taking these three methylators for two years allowed study participants to experience 30% less brain shrinkage in the hippocampus, which is one of the main factors in the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Those participants with the highest levels of shrinkage experienced much higher reductions of shrinkage from 50% to 500%. Oxford University, London.
  5. Folate (vitamin B9)- Participants in this study took 800 mcg of folate for three years and experienced memory improvement of 4.7 years, information processing improvement of 2.1 years, improvement in motor sensory speed of 1.7 years and improvement in global cognitive function of 1.5 years. Folate concentrations increased by 576%. Published in Lancet.
  6. Folate (vitamin B9)- This study on folate began with 1400 people in 1958. Over that time period the participants took 400 mcg per day and experienced a 55% reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s. Very few participants were able to get this level of folate from food alone. University of California.
  7. Vitamin B1 (thiamine)- Various studies have established that thiamine increases the synthesis of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter associated with the protection of memory in the brain. The effective dose has been set at 50-75 mg/day for most people. Awakening from Alzheimer’s by Peggy Sarlin, 2016.
  8. Vitamin B6– This vitamin is one the key nutrients needed for the body to manufacture neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, nora dopamine and adrenaline. These biochemicals are vital to the brain’s messenger service allowing thoughts and information to jump from one neuron to another. The usual recommended dosage is 50-85 mg/day. Awakening from Alzheimer’s by Peggy Sarlin, 2016.
  9. Vitamin B3 (niacin)- Mice were genetically manipulated to develop Alzheimer’s and then given niacin at the human equivalent of 1500 mg twice daily. These were the results of this study.
  • All of the initial cognitive decline was completely reversed.
  • All tau protein plaque was totally removed.
  • All memory test were normal, as if the mice had never had Alzheimer’s.

            Published in The Journal of Neuroscience in 2008.

  1. Vitamin E- In this study of people over the age of 65, those with the highest levels of vitamin E were 67% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. The biggest consumers of vitamin E were 8-10 years younger mentally than those participants who consumed the lowest level of this vitamin. Chicago Health and Aging Project. Similar results were realized in studies the Massachusetts’s General Hospital, the VA Bedford Center, Harvard Medical School and Oregon State University.
  2. Vitamins C and E together- In this study 4,740 residents in Utah took a combination of vitamin C and vitamin E and experienced reduced their risk of Alzheimer’s by 78%. John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  3. Vitamin D- In this study in Japan vitamin D helped to remove amyloid beta protein plaque in the brain. Vitamin D appears to help transport this plaque out of the brain using vitamin D receptor cells. Tohuko University 2011.


                        Written by Dr. Charles Bens, Healthy at Work, Sarasota, Florida January 2018.