Vitamin B12 linked to aging, schizophrenia and autism

Written by Alice Weatherston

Research published recently in PLOS One has highlighted a link between decreased levels of vitamin B12 in the brain and autism, schizophrenia and aging. The findings indicate a potential new avenue for therapeutic research for the diseases and shed light on a previously unrecognized adaptive decrease in a brain vitamin level across the human lifespan. The study analyzed and compared brain tissue samples from otherwise healthy deceased donors and from deceased donors that had been diagnosed with either autism of schizophrenia. In total, 43 healthy subjects were used, ranging in age from 19 weeks to 80 years, in addition to...

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