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April 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 2)

B sharp: the vitamins that help you focus
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

B sharp: the vitamins that help you focus image

The B vitamins play a key role in mental wellbeing. They can improve focus and attention—and it may be because they reduce levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that's usually linked to the development of heart disease.

They are especially beneficial for people suffering from schizophrenia, say researchers from Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

The researchers gave 100 young people suffering from schizophrenia the B vitamins—B12, B6 and B9 (folic acid)—or a placebo for three months. Those given the vitamins had better levels of focus and attention, and their homocysteine levels had dropped. Those whose homocysteine levels were very high before the study responded the best, the researchers said.


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(Source: Biological Psychiatry, 2019; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.018)

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