Folate deficiency can lead to dementia and premature death.
Folate deficiency in the elderly has raised concerns that it could increase the risk of dementia by 68 percent and triple the risk of premature death, scientists said on Monday.
This is why vitamin B9 or folate deficiencies are taken care of in developed countries and they are given its supplements. Scientists from the United States and Israel have conducted a joint study in the journal Evidence-Based Mental Health. It should be noted that folate is also a type of folic acid.
In this regard, medical details of 27188 persons between the ages of 60 to 75 years have been found. Initially, all of them had no symptoms of dementia. Over time and even ten years later, the amount of folate in their blood continued to be noted.
During this time, scientists also looked at dementia and mortality in all individuals. The total amount of folate in the blood of 3418 women and men was 4.4 nanograms per milliliter which was a very small amount. People with the lowest folate levels had a 3.5 percent higher risk of developing dementia and an 8% mortality rate.
But when it was combined with diabetes, vitamin B12, mental retardation, depression and other factors, it was found that folate deficiency increased the overall risk of dementia to 68%. Now, if these symptoms are combined, the risk of death can be tripled.
In this context, scientists have said that they must eat cabbage, green leafy vegetables, peas, beans, whole grains, cereals, avocado and liver because these foods contain unusual amounts of folate.