If you’re anything like me, you’re doing everything possible to stop dementia before it starts. Especially if one of your close relatives suffered from Alzheimer’s leaving you at genetic risk for the disease.
That’s why you eat plenty of fruits and veggies, never miss getting your exercise, and always get a good night’s sleep.
But according to groundbreaking new research, there’s something else you should do if you want to keep your mind razor sharp well into your golden years. And it all comes down to taking one pill….
We all know that vitamins are good for us. You probably have a vitamin D, C, or E supplement in your kitchen cabinet right now. And hopefully you have a good multivitamin, too. According to new research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, taking a daily multivitamin can help keep your mind sharp as a tack!
For the study, published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, researchers gave 2,200 seniors either a multivitamin or a placebo or cocoa extract. In addition, the subjects underwent cognitive and memory assessments annually during the three-year study enrollment period.
Lowered Cognitive Decline By 60 Percent
At the end of the research, the scientists found that the multivitamin group saw a 60 percent slowing of cognitive decline!
Even better? The benefits were even more substantial in folks suffering from heart disease. This is a massive discovery because having heart disease can put you at greater risk for cognitive impairment and decline.
“There’s an urgent need for safe and affordable interventions to protect cognition against decline in older adults,” said Laura D. Baker, Ph.D., professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and co-principal investigator of the trial.
“Our study showed that although cocoa extract did not affect cognition, daily multivitamin-mineral supplementation resulted in statistically significant cognitive improvement. This is the first evidence of cognitive benefit in a large longer-term study of multivitamin supplementation in older adults.”
Multivitamins Are Critical For Good Overall Health
This isn’t the first time multivitamins have shown their value in keeping you healthy. Early studies found the following results:
- Two small studies have found that multivitamins can improve memory in seniors.1,2
- A 2015 study of women shows that taking a multivitamin for more than three years was linked to a lower risk of dying from heart disease.3
- A review of five randomized controlled trials including 47,289 participants showed a 31 percent lower risk of cancer in men using multivitamins. 4
- And some research shows that taking a daily vitamin can also reduce your risk of developing cataracts.5
Don’t Wait On Taking Your Multi
If you’re not already taking a multivitamin, don’t delay. But remember, not all multivitamin supplements are created equal.
Look for multivitamin supplements that are made from whole-food, natural sources like fruits and vegetables. Look for one that is created by a company that has the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) stamp of approval.
Finally, it’s a good idea to choose a multi-vitamin without iron. Iron has been shown to cause a variety of health problems, including cancers, in people over 50.