The wonder of a single multivitamin each day! Not everyone likes to take a lot of pills, but taking a multivitamin supplement makes a lot of sense. It is basic and beneficial, specifically in terms of delivering B vitamins which are reported to help with cognitive decline and memory in older adults. Nutrition is important. Young Chiropractic encourages our Easley chiropractic patients to share with us their daily multivitamin to ensure that it has all the proper minerals and vitamins!
Multivitamin supplementation may be quite simple as well as quite effective. A recent systematic research literature review on the effects of high-dose, B-complex multivitamin supplementation showed backing the benefit of such supplementation in healthy and at-risk participants in terms of mental (like perceived stress, concentration, general mental health, decreased anxiety), physical, and energy outcomes. (1) Daily multivitamin use compared with placebo increased older adults’ memory. At 1-year follow-up, older multivitamin users showed significantly improved immediate recall. The researchers approximated that this multivitamin use boosted memory performance by the equivalent of 3.1 years of aged-related memory alteration. That is an important change! Further, the researchers reported that participants still used the multivitamins pretty well: 94.4% at 6 months and 91.8% at 1 year. That’s pretty good! It’s essential to take the multivitamin every day to get the most benefit. Blood samples that were taken from a subset of participants found increases in folate, vitamin B12 and serum 25(OH) vitamin D. One of the study’s co-authors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston commented that “multivitamin supplementation holds promise as a safe, accessible, and affordable approach to protecting cognitive health in older adults.” Outcomes for participants who had a history of cardiovascular disease were better than those who didn’t. (2) Another study showed similar outcomes that taking a multivitamin for 3 years enhanced episodic memory, global cognition, and executive function in older adults. Those with cardiovascular disease seemed to benefit more than those without. (3) This is encouraging of those with cardiovascular disease to make a daily routine of taking a multivitamin with B vitamins! Young Chiropractic and you will have a chat at your next Easley chiropractic visit about your cognition, your age, your multivitamin supplement routine, your multivitamin quality, and the benefits of multivitamin supplementation for you!
WHY B VITAMINS?
The body uses B vitamins to make new cells, particularly red blood cells. B9 is folate, the natural form of B9 (in contrast to the synthetic version known as folic acid) the body can use in circulation. Methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) is a water-soluble type of natural B9 folate. Look for these. A good multivitamin with the B vitamins may be your friend! We can talk about yours.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses the important role of B vitamins in a specific spinal condition known as myelopathy and its neck and arm pain that may be treated with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment today. We’ll talk about how just one multivitamin a day can help you in so many ways like with your memory and cognition.