By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Clinical Trials Week -- Investigators discuss new findings in Life Science Research. According to news reporting out of Essen, Germany, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Vitamin B12 is a cofactor of methionine synthase in the synthesis of methionine, the precursor of the universal methyl donor S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe), which is involved in different epigenomic regulatory mechanisms and especially in brain development. A Vitamin B12 deficiency expresses itself by a wide variety of neurological manifestations such as paraesthesias, skin numbness, coordination disorders and reduced nerve conduction velocity."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "In elderly people, a latent Vitamin B12 deficiency can be associated with a progressive brain atrophy. Moderately elevated concentrations of homocysteine (>10 mol/L) have been associated with an increased risk of dementia, notably Alzheimer's disease, in many cross-sectional and prospective studies. Raised plasma concentrations of homocysteine is also associated with both regional and whole brain atrophy, not only in Alzheimer's disease but also in healthy elderly people."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Clinician awareness should be raised to accurately diagnose and treat early Vitamin B12 deficiency to prevent irreversible structural brain damage."
For more information on this research see: Neuroenhancement with vitamin B12-underestimated neurological significance. Nutrients, 2013;5(12):5031-45 (see also Life Science Research).
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting U. Grober, Academy of Micronutrient Medicine, Zweigertstr 55, Essen 45130, Germany. Additional authors for this research include K. Kisters and J. Schmidt.
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