Can a multivitamin a day keep memory loss at bay?

From the Boston Globe, Maddie Khaw discusses additional evidence that suggests that aking a multivitamin improves memory and delays cognitive aging in older adults. Maddie writes:

Daily multivitamin supplements can improve memory and slow cognitive aging in older adults, according to a new study by Mass General Brigham researchers that backs previous evidence about the benefits of multivitamins for some people as they age.

The researchers tested the cognitive function of more than 570 participants ages 60 and older before and after they took either a multivitamin/mineral supplement or a placebo for two years. The participants were randomly assigned to either the vitamin group, which took the common over-the-counter supplement Centrum Silver, or the placebo group.

“[Multivitamin use] can preserve cognitive function, and we are seeing [that] it improves memory,” said Dr. Chirag Vyas, first author of the new study, published Thursday in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “Overall, it is slowing down the cognitive aging.”

The findings come from a large national study led by MGB researchers that tracks the effects of multivitamins and cocoa supplements on more than 5,000 adults over 60. The new research focused on in-person cognitive assessments, which Vyas said can pick up smaller changes in brain function than the telephone- and web-based methods used in two previous papers the team published, which also found that multivitamins improved cognitive health.

Read the full story at Mass General Brigham study finds multivitamins can improve memory January 18, 2024

Effect of multivitamin-mineral supplementation versus placebo on cognitive function: results from the clinic subcohort of the COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) randomized clinical trial and meta-analysis of 3 cognitive studies within COSMOS (18 January 2024)

Other research also suggests that taking a mulitivitamin leads to a significantly more favorable two year change in episodic memory. Taking a multivitamin daily significantly benefits both global cognition and episodic memory. These findings support the benefits of a daily multivitamin in preventing cognitive decline among older adults.

See Effect of multivitamin-mineral supplementation versus placebo on cognitive function: results from the clinic subcohort of the COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) randomized clinical trial and meta-analysis of 3 cognitive studies within COSMOS

Study finds potential link between daily multivitamin and improved cognition in older adults – September 14, 2022

Taking a daily multivitamin might be associated with improved brain function in older adults, a new study says, and the benefit appears to be greater for those with a history of cardiovascular disease.

Source: Study finds potential link between daily multivitamin and improved cognition in older adults | CNN

Daily multivitamin may slow cognitive decline in older adults, study shows – September 14, 2022

Daily multivitamin may slow cognitive decline in older adults, study shows

Source: Daily multivitamin may slow cognitive decline in older adults

Daily multivitamin may improve memory, help slow cognitive decline – May 24, 2023

Daily multivitamin may improve memory, help slow cognitive decline

Source: Daily multivitamin may improve memory, help slow cognitive decline

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