9/14/2008

Meat-Free Diet Linked to Brain Shrinkage

By Laura Moncur @ 5:05 am — Filed under:

To all of you vegetarians and vegans out there, here is one study you might want to take a closer look at. Scientists at Oxford University have linked a meat-free diet to brain shrinkage.

The link was discovered by Oxford University scientists who used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to examine 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87.

When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage. It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.

If you want to prevent brain atrophy, then you need to make sure you get enough vitamin B12. The best source for that vitamin is milk, liver and fish.

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2 Responses to “Meat-Free Diet Linked to Brain Shrinkage”

  1. Blake Says:

    I admire vegetarians and what they beleive in but I am glad I eat meat. I love chicken and have red meat in moderation. I can’t live without my chicken. 🙂

  2. Samia Says:

    Being vegetarian/vegan does not necessitate B12 deficiency. The title of this post should be “B12 deficiency linked to brain shrinkage.” There are microbial sources of B12 such as several types of yeast extract supplements, and soymilk and almost every kind of cereal is fortified with B12. I’d like to add that it’s unwise to try to apply the results of a study focusing on people over 60 to everyone else. Aging people have a whole lot of other stuff going on metabolically. I’m vegetarian, my doctor has been informed about my lifestyle, and my bloodwork has always been fine.

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