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High folate intake alongside low B-12 status may worsen risk for dementia. M. S. Morris, Am J Clin Nutr.,85(1):193-200, 2007

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High folate intake alongside low B-12 status may worsen risk for dementia. M. S. Morris, Am J Clin Nutr.,85(1):193-200, 2007

 

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Whilst a high folic acid and B12 intake in the elderly may be protective against age-related memory decline, those with a high folic acid intake, from fortified food or supplements, but a low B-12 status have more memory decline and hence a greater risk for dementia. They are also at greater risk of anemia. This research found that 4% of the elderly in the USA have high folate and low B12 status.

M S Morris, ‘Folate and vitamin B-12 status in relation to anemia, macrocytosis, and cognitive impairment in older Americans in the age of folic acid fortification’, Am J Clin Nutr.85(1):193-200, 2007

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