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Multivitamins may slow cognitive decline in older adults, study says

Researchers say a new study indicates that taking a multivitamin daily may help slow cognitive decline in older adults.

(Eileen Bailey/ Healthline) — A study published today in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia is reporting that taking a daily multivitamin may help reduce cognitive decline.

The study involved more than 2,200 people over 65 without signs or diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease at the start of the study. The researchers said that benefits plateaued at the end of the second year. At the end of two years, those who took the multivitamin showed improved memory and executive function compared to the other groups. The multivitamin also slowed cognitive decline by around 60% or 1.8 years.

“The use of a multivitamin for patients with memory loss is something I routinely do in my neurology practice,” Dr. Clifford Segil, a neurologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in California, told Healthline. “This study is refreshing to read as it attempts to quantify the potential benefits of multivitamins in patients with memory loss.” (…)