New French research shows that it can be as simple as a multivitamin a day to help keep the brain fog away!
A long-term study shows a link between vitamins and how well you can think. Researchers looked at the cognitive test results, pre and post study, for almost 4500 men and women. Study participants were limited to those between the ages of 45 and 60.
Individuals were randomly assigned into either a test group or a control group. The test group were given a daily multivitamin, while the control group got a placebo. For 8 years, researchers actually counted pills to monitor compliance of both groups. After the initial 8 years, researchers stopped counting pills and left it to participants to ensure that they were taking their pills regularly.
The study covered 14 years total. Afterwards, the participants did a series of memory tests, duplicating tests they’d done at the beginning of the study period. Then the test results were compared.
Researchers found that:
- there was minimal differences between the two groups when it came to short-term memory. However, the multivitamin group had slightly better results.
- when it came to long term memory, the multivitamin group did much better on their cognitive tests than those taking the placebo.
What does this mean for the average person? Authors of the report say that it’s not time to jump to conclusions! While it would be handy to just take a multivitamin and know your brain health is protected, it’s likely a bit more complicated. Brain health depends on two things: nerve cell structure; and, communication connections. Diet and exercise are basic for these things, because it’s not just what we eat but how we move that helps to keep the brain healthy. Antioxidants help too, because they support nerve cell structure.
Another recommendation is magnesium threonate, which has been found to pass easily into the brain. Magnesium theonate has been shown to improve memory through the nerve cell connections.