I don’t know about you, but when I was a child, I had to take my vitamins every morning.
Those days, it was a simple multivitamin—perhaps even a FlinstonesTM chewable.
I’m not sure if this was common then. But what I do know now is that not enough people take ANY vitamins at all.
And that’s worrisome.
After all, essential nutrients can fortify our bodies and help ward off many diseases of aging. That includes age-related cognitive decline…
Popping this is a “no-brainer”
According to a large new study, taking a daily multivitamin can slow age-related memory decline.
Researchers analyzed data from over 3,500 adults, 60 years and older. For three years, subjects were randomly assigned to take a daily multivitamin or a placebo.
At the end of each year, participants underwent a series of online cognitive assessments designed to test memory function of the hippocampus, an area of the brain affected by normal aging. (Researchers focused on episodic memory, or immediate recall.)
Turns out, after just one year, memory improved in the multivitamin group. And this was sustained throughout the study period.
In other words, taking a daily multivitamin helped stave off three years of age-related cognitive decline. And that’s huge!
Don’t forget to lead a healthy life
I know that maintaining a healthy brain is a top priority among many folks, myself included.
Well, this new research supports the notion that an aging brain requires certain nutrients to remain in tip-top shape. And taking a simple, inexpensive multivitamin seems to be able to provide just that.
I’m not sure where the dividing line is—but I would err on the side of caution and start taking a high-quality multivitamin by age 40. (But really, it’s never too late to start.)
But let me be clear…
I do NOT want the take-away message to be: “I can just take a multivitamin and all will be forgiven.”
You should take a multivitamin in addition to leading a healthy lifestyle. In fact, making your overall health a priority—rather than a second, or even third, thought—should be foremost in everyone’s mind.
That means eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting quality shuteye each night, and quitting smoking.
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“Daily multivitamin may improve memory, help slow cognitive decline.” Medical News Today, 5/24/2023. (medicalnewstoday.com/articles/daily-multivitamin-may-improve-memory-help-slow-cognitive-decline)