Vitamin B12 deficiency, commonly observed in elderly populations, has been associated with abnormal psychiatric symptoms. The use of folic acid, a specific form of vitamin B9, to enhance cognitive skills and improve psychiatric illnesses has been investigated in other studies.
This study randomly assigned 900 adult participants, aged 60-74 years, experiencing symptoms of depression and living in communal dwellings, to receive oral capsules of either 400ug FA + 100ug vitamin B12 or placebo.
Cognitive function measurements after 12 and 24 months evaluated using the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status-Modified (TICS-M) indicated that long-term combined supplementation of FA and vitamin B12 by mouth may improve immediate and delayed memory performance.
Further studies are necessary to confirm the study's findings in more general populations.
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