The wonder of a single multivitamin each day! Not everyone likes to take a handful of pills, but using a daily multivitamin supplement makes a lot of sense. It is basic and beneficial, especially in terms of delivering B vitamins which are reported to help with cognitive decline and memory in older adults. Nutrition is important. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic encourages our Augusta chiropractic patients to share with us their daily multivitamin to ensure that it has all the right minerals and vitamins!
Multivitamin supplementation may be quite minimal and easy as well as quite effective. A new systematic research literature review on the effects of high-dose, B-complex multivitamin supplementation showed support for the advantage of such supplementation in healthy and at-risk participants in terms of mental (like sensed stress, concentration, general mental health, reduced anxiety), physical, and energy outcomes. (1) Daily multivitamin use compared with placebo enhanced the memory in older adults. At 1-year follow-up, older multivitamin users showed significantly improved immediate recall. The researchers estimated that this multivitamin use enhanced memory performance by the equivalent of 3.1 years of aged-related memory alteration. That is an important change! Additionally, the researchers documented that participants still took the multivitamins on a routine basis: 94.4% at 6 months and 91.8% at 1 year. That’s pretty good! It’s essential to take the multivitamin on a daily basis to get the best effect. Blood samples that were obtained 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 greater than those who didn’t. (2) Another study showed similar outcomes that taking a multivitamin for 3 years increased episodic memory, global cognition, and executive function in older adults. Participants 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! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic and you will have a chat at your next Augusta chiropractic visit about your cognition, your age, your multivitamin supplement routine, your multivitamin quality, and the advantages of multivitamin supplementation for you!
WHAT’S WITH B VITAMINS?
The body uses B vitamins to make new cells, especially red blood cells. B9 is folate, the natural form of B9 (as opposed to the synthetic version referred to as folic acid) the body can use in circulation. Methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) is a water-soluble form 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.
Make your Augusta chiropractic appointment soon. We’ll discuss how just one multivitamin a day can benefit you in so many ways like with your memory and cognition.