The study found that the onset of dementia and brain aging slowed with daily multivitamin intake
Taking a daily multivitamin can prevent cognitive decline for up to two years, according to a new study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Cognitive decline is one of the first and primary symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which together affect 55 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
“Cognitive decline is among the most important health concerns for most older adults, and daily multivitamin supplementation has the potential to be an attractive and accessible approach to slowing cognitive aging,” said the study’s lead author, Chirag Vyas.
The new findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, show that taking a daily multivitamin consisting of 20 essential nutrients “helps prevent memory loss and slow cognitive aging,” according to lead author Dr. Olivia Okereke.
The study included evaluations of 573 individuals over two years. Those who took the multivitamin, compared to the placebo group, saw a significant increase in their ability to learn, store and retrieve information.
The researchers also found improvements in areas and orientation, attention, language fluency and related abilities, known as global cognition, for up to two years as well.
Brigham colleague and Women’s Hospital researcher Howard Sisso called the discovery “exciting.”
“It is now important to understand the mechanisms by which daily multivitamins may protect against memory loss and cognitive decline with a focus on nutritional status and other factors associated with aging,” Siso said.
Recently, a dentist talked about how maintaining good oral health is linked to preventing mental decline, and exercise has also been linked to preventing these types of neurodegenerative diseases.