As we grow older, we might have some “senior moments” as we might call it. But can we do something about it? We can! Here’s information from 2 studies about 2 vitamins that may help increase your memory. One about the benefits of eating foods high in Vitamin E to lower your risk of developing dementia and another talking about the risk of Vitamin D deficiencies in older adults.
Foods Rich in Vitamin E Lowers Your Dementia Risk
Eating foods high in Vitamin E appears to lower your risk of dementia. These findings were reported in a recent issue of Archives of Neurology.
Cells are damaged by oxidative stress from exposure to oxygen. Researchers believe that oxidative stress plays a role in developing dementia. The authors of the study wrote, “The brain is a site of high metabolic activity, which makes it vulnerable to oxidative damage, and slow accumulation of such damage over a lifetime may contribute to the development of dementia”. They also stated, “Vitamin E is a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant that may help to inhibit the pathogenesis of dementia.”
The study revealed that the participants who eat the most Vitamin E in foods like butter, cooking fat, mayonnaise, soybean oil and margarine had a 25% less chance of developing dementia.
Foods high in Vitamin E
- Mustard greens
- Sunflower seeds
Vitamin D Deficiencies can be linked to Cognitive Decline in Older Adults
Adults 65 or older with low levels of Vitamin D have a greater chance of developing a decline in thinking, memory and learning, according to a report in a recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
The article pointed out that 40 to 100% of older adults are deficient in Vitamin D. These Vitamin D deficiencies can be linked to fractures, various chronic diseases and death. The report also talked about how Vitamin D may help the degeneration of brain tissue by helping in the formation of nervous tissue.
The participants who were the most deficient in Vitamin D were 60% more likely to have substantial cognitive decline.