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Brain and Mental Performance

Vitamin A Vital for Optimal Mental Performance

16 years ago

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Posted on Dec 28, 2002, 6 p.m. By Bill Freeman

A recent study has shown that vitamin-A is necessary for the brain to efficiently carry out learning and memory processes. Experiments involving mice fed diets lacking the vitamin demonstrated that a vitamin-A deficiency causes chemical changes in the hippocampus an area of the brain known to play a role in learning and memory.

A recent study has shown that vitamin-A is necessary for the brain to efficiently carry out learning and memory processes. Experiments involving mice fed diets lacking the vitamin demonstrated that a vitamin-A deficiency causes chemical changes in the hippocampus an area of the brain known to play a role in learning and memory. Therefore, such dietary deficiencies could be responsible for learning difficulties in some children and adults. However, there is some good news when the scientists began giving the mice food containing vitamin A chemical changes were restored to normal levels within two days, thus showing that the neurological effects of vitamin-A deficiency are fully reversible.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.unisci.com on the 8th November 2000

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