A nutritional psychiatrist from Harvard Medical School often gets asked what the best vitamin is for protecting against aging brains, and she shared her reply with cnbc.com. Dr. Uma Naidoo reveals that the vitamin group she prioritizes to keep her brain healthy is B vitamins.
She notes that research has shown that depression, dementia and mental impairment are often associated with a deficiency of B vitamins. The family of B vitamins encompasses eight types. To start, there’s B1 (also known as thiamin), which our body needs for basic cell function and for metabolizing nutrients for energy. There’s also B2 (aka riboflavin) and this vitamin helps cell enzymes work on the reactions they’re tasked with doing (think reactions in your brain and body).
Besides sharing a breakdown of all eight B vitamins and how they help the human n body function, Dr. Naidoo also shares the six vitamin-B-rich foods she eats on a daily basis. First off, she names one egg. Eggs have one-third of the recommended daily value of B7 (while having other B vitamins as well). She also eats yogurt daily for its B2 and B12, and yogurt is also beneficial for its probiotics, which are good for gut health and mental health. She adds that she opts for Greek yogurt for the extra protein.
For the full breakdown of how each B vitamin helps your body and brain, and the entire roundup of brain-healthy, vitamin-B rich foods this Harvard nutritional psychiatrist makes sure to eat every day, read the cnbc.com article here.