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Importance of Vitamins For Memory

Vitamins are organic chemicals that are necessary for normal metabolic functions and for tissue growth and healing. The intake of vitamins should be increased by those increasing periods of rapid body growth like those in puberty stage, by those who are pregnant, by those who are breastfeeding, by those with debilitating illnesses, and by those with improper diets such as the alcoholics and some elderly.
Drug companies offer vitamins and herbal supplements for specialized needs. Some of these agents have a combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs.
All vitamins are beneficial to the brain, but above all, vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) grabbed the attention of researchers, scientists and critics alike.
Vitamin B12, like folic acid, is essential for DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) synthesis. Vitamin B12 aids in the conversion of folic acid into its active form. With active folic acid, Vitamin B12 promotes cellular division. It is also needed for normal development of red blood cells in the bone marrow, and to maintain nervous system integrity, especially the myelin.
Vitamin B12 is beneficial to the brain and body since its deficiency might lead to weakness, anorexia, diarrhea, memory loss, insomnia, mood changes, dementia, psychosis and even megaloblastic anemia.
Folic acid is another vitamin beneficial to the body and brain. It is a vitamin absorbed from the small intestines and the active form of folic acid called folate is circulated to the tissues. Folic acid is essential for body growth. It is needed for DNA synthesis, and without it, there is a disruption in cellular division.
Folic acid deficiencies may lead to anorexia, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, stomatitis, hair loss and blood dyscrasias like megaloblastic anemia and leucopenia, deficiency during the first trimester of pregnancy can affect the development of the central nervous system (CNS) of the fetus. This may cause neural tube defects such as defective closure of the spinal cord, or anencephaly (lack of brain mass formation). To prevent these CNS anomalies, pregnant women must take adequate folic acid supplements at about 0.4 mg per day.
Every aspect of brain functionality is influenced by, and uses, vitamins. Most importantly, a balanced diet can provide you all the vitamins that you need. Many people, however, do not eat a balanced diet. If you fall into this category you should consider taking a mulitvitamin daily.…