Lesson 4 -Eat for the Long Run

Vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid

Many older Americans do not get enough vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid. Low levels of these vitamins raise homcystein levels (an amino acid found in the blood). Some studies have shown that elevated homocystein levels increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.

It’s also been shown that people with very low levels of these vitamins may experience mental deficiencies, such as memory loss and disorientation.

You can get these vitamins by eating foods such as lentils and other legumes, nuts, bananas and vegetables as well as fortified breads and cereals or taking a multivitamin each day.


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