Dietary niacin and the risk of incident Alzheimer’s disease and of cognitive decline

Year Published: 2004


J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry


Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienias JL, Scherr PA, Tangney CC, Hebert LE, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Aggarwal N


This study examined a total of 3718 Chicago residents who provided dietary data from 1993-2002. Authors tested whether niacin intake had an effect on Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. Niacin is a prominent B-vitamin found in peanuts. Peanuts are an excellent source of niacin.

Key Findings

Key Findings: Results showed that niacin intake from foods lowered Alzheimer's Disease risk by 70%. A higher food intake of niacin was also associated with a slower annual rate of cognitive decline.