Memory loss as you age? Multi-vitamin supplements show modest benefits

Older adults who took a multivitamin each day for three years found a mild improvement in their memory after one year compared with people taking a placebo, or sugar pill, a new study found.

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Retested at the end of the first year, the study found people who continued to take a daily multivitamin were able to remember, on average, nearly one extra word compared with those who took a placebo. While the effect was small, it was statistically significant, according to the study published [May 24] in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The improvement in memory remained for the duration of the study and was stronger for people with a history of cardiovascular disease, said lead study author Adam Brickman.

The researchers found that three years of taking the multivitamin appeared to have slowed cognitive aging by 1.8 years, or 60%, compared with the placebo. Daily cocoa extract supplementation for three years did not affect cognitive function, the researchers wrote.

The study – supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health – also found that multivitamins were most beneficial for older adults who had a history of cardiovascular disease.

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