As we age, most of us are concerned about protecting our memory as nearly half of people over 65 notice mild memory issues. A recent study says a daily multi-vitamin can help!
Read on to see what researchers found.
Study: Taking Multi-Vitamins Improves Recall
A recent study finds that a daily multi-vitamin can help protect our memory and cognitive function as we age. The study of 3562 older adults noted a “significantly better ModRey immediate recall” after a year of multi-vitamin supplementation and further improvements in recall after the second and third years of supplementation.
In the Modified Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (ModRey) memory test, people get a list of 20 unrelated words and then are tested on immediate recall, recall after a delay of a few minutes, and recall after a 20-minute or longer distraction.
The improvements researchers saw equate to about 3 years of age-related memory change. Rather than declining over those years, memory improved. Especially interesting is that people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) had lower scores initially and even bigger memory improvements. Scientists aren’t certain why but speculate that people with CVD or CVD risk factors have fewer vitamins and minerals circulating in their bodies.
While the supplementation used in this study didn’t seem to affect memory retention, executive function, or novel object recognition, the results emphasize the importance of nutrition as we age.
Why We May Need Supplements As We Age
Vitamin deficiency is common in older adults because as we age, we’re not as hungry, eat less, and our bodies don’t absorb nutrients as well. Our sense of taste and smell may dwindle. Changes in our hormones, digestion, and chewing ability can further impact our hunger and diet. A daily multi-vitamin fills nutritional gaps and provides the vitamins and minerals our bodies need.
Our ENDUR-VM® Multi-vitamin and Mineral supplement (with or without iron) is formulated for heart health with antioxidants, energizing B vitamins, D3, and trace minerals. It gives us 22 (or 23) essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, it features our unique sustained-release tablet core for slow, steady release of nutrients over 4-6 hours.
This is particularly important for water-soluble vitamins, which cannot be stored by our bodies. The slow, steady release – versus a nutrient dump that is quickly flushed out of the body – helps us have optimal levels of water-soluble vitamin C and B complex vitamins.