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Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

The statistics on vitamin and other dietary supplement use in the United States are staggering, and the numbers appear to be on the rise. A 2016 CRN Consumer Survey showed the percentage of Americans taking dietary supplements—everything from multi-vitamins to “brain vitamins” to calcium pills to weight-loss supplements—to be at

Putting B Vitamins for Brain Protection to the Test

Could extra B vitamins reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia by lowering blood levels of an amino acid called homocysteine? That tantalizing promise was put to the test in two recent large-scale studies, and in both cases researchers proclaimed the results disappointing. But other experts say the jury

5. Nutrients in Supplement Form

Multivitamins and Your Brain
For many Americans, taking a multivitamin as “insurance” against nutritional shortfalls is a daily habit. Americans have been taking multivitamin/mineral supplements since the early 1940s, and an estimated one-third of all U.S. consumers take these regularly. Multivitamins account for almost one-sixth of all purchases of dietary supplements

4. A Closer Look at Key Nutrients

Your Diet Vs. Chronic Disease
It’s estimated that half of all U.S. adults—about 117 million people—suffer from preventable, diet-related chronic diseases. Shifting to healthier eating patterns that contain the nutrients your heart and brain require can help bring about lasting improvements in individual health, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for

A Healthy Brain Requires B Vitamins

Folate, B12 and B6 (pyridoxine) are the nutrients that receive the most attention for improving brain health, due to their well-studied role in reducing homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid that, in high levels, is linked to brain shrinkage, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline and coronary artery disease.
However, the remaining B

Get to the Root of Vegetables

Root vegetables often make appearances on holiday tables, often as mashed potatoes or in a marshmallow-covered casserole. Yet, there are plenty of other delicious root vegetables, many with nutrients particularly important to women.
“Root vegetables are full of fiber, calcium, and antioxidants. Due to their appearance, these seasonal produce gems are

Maintain Adequate Vitamin B12 Levels for Healthy Aging

As women get older, consuming—and absorbing—enough vitamin B12 becomes even more vital for optimal health.
“Vitamin B12, like the other B vitamins, is important for maintaining a healthy metabolism. It also is required for red blood cell formation and improves the function of the brain and nerves,” says Georgia A Giannopoulos,

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