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Daily multivitamin may slow cognitive decline

Could taking a daily multivitamin help maintain cognitive health as we age and possibly prevent cognitive decline?

Research by Wake Forest University School of Medicine in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston indicates that a daily supplement may improve cognition in older adults.

The findings were published in the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association and reported in Science Daily.

The team estimated that three years of multivitamin supplementation roughly translated to a 60% slowing of cognitive decline (about 1.8 years). The benefits were relatively more pronounced in participants with significant cardiovascular disease, which is important because these individuals are already at increased 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, Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest.

A parallel study found that a cocoa extract supplement did not benefit cognition despite being rich in flavanols.

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