Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is arguably the most dreaded diagnosis plaguing the nation.
And according to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than one in 10 older adults show early signs of the disease.
In fact, AD is a slow burn—with brain changes often beginning decades before symptoms really start to rear their head.
That’s why I’m always looking out for safe, affordable, accessible strategies to help protect your cognition—and, hopefully, ward off a devastating diagnosis in the future.
And now, research highlights the importance of an oldie-but-goodie vitamin in this fight for your brain…
A worrisome vitamin deficiency
Cognitive impairment is becoming increasingly common among the aging population.
So, researchers from Flinders University looked to common vitamin deficiencies—to determine if there were any connections.
In fact, they analyzed the cognitive function and vitamin C levels of 160 patients aged 75 and older.
They used the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the Clock-Drawing Test (CDT) to better understand cognitive function.
And they compared it to blood levels of vitamin C. (Subjects with levels below 11 micromol/L were considered to be deficient.)
Ultimately, researchers found an association between vitamin C deficiency and cognitive impairment.
The amount you need
Vitamin C is one of your body’s most fundamental antioxidants. And as research suggests, it’s imperative to brain health.
In fact, “previous research has shown that vitamin C plays a significant role in the functioning of the brain, with studies finding that vitamin C deficiency may be associated with cognitive impairment, depression, and confusion,” as stated by lead author Yogesh Sharma.
As I often explain, you should ignore the federal guidelines, which call for a measly 65 to 90 mg of vitamin C daily.
Instead, based on the years of research I’ve been following and my own personal experience in my medical practice, I’ve found that up to 3 grams (3,000 mg) of vitamin C daily is optimal.
Some of my favorite foods that are rich in vitamin C include chili peppers and broccoli. But I recommend supplementing with a high-quality supplement—1,000 mg, three times per day.
To learn additional, all-natural ways to protect and restore memory, strengthen focus, and fight dementia, check out my Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan.
Until next week,
“Low vitamin C linked to cognitive impairment in older adults.” Nutra-ingredients, 03/22/2022. (nutraingredients.com/Article/2022/03/22/low-vitamin-c-linked-to-cognitive-impairment-in-older-adults)