The connection between autism and our aging brains

Volume 13    |   Issue 10

As we age, the nutrient levels in our brain drops. This is fairly normal, though it does suggest that reversing or slowing these drops could help keep the brain healthier. However, recent research indicates that the elderly aren't the only ones with low levels of a particular vitamin in the brain. It turns out that people with autism and schizophrenia tend to have reduced levels as well.

This important vitamin is B12. What's interesting is that scientists haven't seen significant changes in B12 in the blood for many of these patient groups. But this study indicates that the brain is telling a different story. In fact, the researchers at Nova Southeastern University's College of Pharmacy found that children under the age of 10 who had autism had brain B12 levels three times lower than those of healthy adults in their 50s. People ranging in age from 61 to 80 who were generally healthy also had B12 levels about three times lower than healthy younger people.

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Vitamin B12 helps support brain development, and low levels in children may affect neurodevelopment and could have negative effects on both learning and memory. The low levels identified in this study could be due to oxidative stress, which has previously been linked to both autism and schizophrenia and, of course, the aging process. Further research is needed to determine whether supplemental vitamin B12 and supplemental antioxidants can help treat autism and schizophrenia.

Vitamin B12 can be difficult to absorb. So it's often hard to get sufficient amounts from diet alone, especially if you are avoiding red meat and animal proteins. Yet this study points to how significant it can be for our brain health. To get optimal absorption of B12, consider CircO2. Not only will you get vitamin B12, you'll get nitric oxide delivered through an innovative lozenge. The vitamin B12 in this lozenge helps your body improve nitric oxide production, which in turn improves circulation and affects the health of every cell in your body.

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Yiting Zhang, Nathaniel W. Hodgson, Malav S. Trivedi, Hamid M. Abdolmaleky, Margot Fournier, Michel Cuenod, Kim Quang Do, Richard C. Deth. Decreased Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 in Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia. PLOS ONE, 2016; 11 (1): e0146797 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146797

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