Several studies are out further confirming the link between proper supplementation and brain health.

One study focused on vitamin D deficiency in ethnic minorities and found the following:

“Low VitD status was associated with accelerated decline in cognitive function domains in ethnically diverse older adults, including African American and Hispanic individuals who exhibited a high prevalence of VitD insufficiency or deficiency.”

The other two studies focused on supplementation with Vitamin B (Folic Acid, B6, and B12) and Omega-3’s. Both studies found a marked improvement in brain function, especially when supplementation began earlier.

“Eating fish rich in long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as the omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), protects against the onset of dementia.”

“…[the] trial showed that a B vitamin supplement (folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12) in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) slowed the rate of global [10] and regional brain atrophy [11] and maintained verbal episodic memory, semantic memory, and global cognitive performance…”

While none of the studies showed any aid to those with full-onset dementia or Alzheimer, it is clear that B and Omega-3 supplementation has a big impact on the general health of the brain, particularly in those with mild cognitive impairment.

If you’re 50 years old or older, this should be a no-brainer (pun intended). Begin supplementing with Omega-3’s and B’s today!

 

Sources:

Vitamin D Status and Rates of Cognitive Decline in a Multiethnic Cohort of Older Adults

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Status Enhances the Prevention of Cognitive Decline by B Vitamins in Mild Cognitive Impairment

ω-3 Supplementation increases amyloid-β phagocytosis and resolvin D1 in patients with minor cognitive impairment

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