Health Update: Multivitamins Slow Brain Aging (Prevents Other Diseases Too!)


Hey there everyone:

Here is some good news on a very simple way to protect your brain and cognitive health as we age. Just take a multivitamin, please!

The underlying hypothesis for multivitamins being a benefit for cognition stems from evidence that essential nutrient deficiencies in B12, folate, vitamin D, and other micronutrients have been linked to accelerated cognitive decline and dementia in observational studies. But there have been few randomized trials of these micronutrients and they have mostly tested individual micronutrients and not a comprehensive multivitamin supplement. The one previous large-scale trial of a multivitamin supplement began cognitive testing 2-3 years into the intervention, so it wasn’t a full test of the hypothesis.”

 “They found that over the 3 years of treatment, participants who were randomized to multivitamins did significantly better than those randomized to a placebo. And the investigators estimated that multivitamins were slowing cognitive aging by 60% over the 3 years, reducing cognitive aging by 1.8 years. The subgroup with a history of cardiovascular disease at baseline seemed to have a particularly strong benefit from the multivitamins.

Bottom Line: Considering how massively our environment has changed over the past 60 to 70 years, especially when it comes to increased levels of toxicity, oxidative stress, air pollution, food additives, stress, lowered nutritional content of commercially raised foods, pesticide exposures and more…it does seem prudent to supplement with a multivitamin. All basic health processes, including detoxification, are nutrient dependent and this study shows that the simple supplement with a multivitamin can have significant benefit. Never mind that the multivitamin that was used is not the highest quality available, it still helped a great deal. We all need to eat better, and choosing organic, clean, whole foods is the best place to start. Please follow the science: back in 2002 there were two medical physician researchers that published an article where the Journal of the American Medical Association reversed a long-standing anti-vitamin stance:

“recent evidence has shown that suboptimal levels of vitamins, even well above those causing deficiency syndromes, are associated with increased risk of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.” In a clinical commentary, they note that “a large proportion of the general population” has less-than-optimal intakes of a number of vitamins, exposing them to increased disease risk. In addition, they counsel that, “it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.”


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