Most people wouldn’t think to turn to a multivitamin for memory. For some however, supplementing with a multivitamin is one of the best things that you can do to boost your brain power. If you are deficient in vital nutrients it may not be dementia you are battling but simple malnutrition. There are thirteen essential vitamins your body needs to function properly.
In a 2006, a study 70 athlete’s diets were analyzed and all of them were deficient in two or more nutrients (1). The most common deficiencies were iodine, vitamin D, zinc, vitamin E and calcium.
The vitamin deficiencies most commonly associated with memory loss are the B vitamins, and the most common of those is thiamine B-1. There are large concentrations of thiamine in the brain ready to help it produce neurotransmitters which are necessary for thought. Vitamin B6, B9 and B12 help to regulate homocysteine levels in your blood. Low amounts of these B vitamins in your blood can cause homocysteine levels rise which can send you on the fast track to dementia.
Vitamin D is also a common vitamin that most people are deficient in. Researchers are now beginning to grasp the profound impact Vitamin D has on memory. In one 2014 study, they determined that low vitamin D levels is associated with dementia and that with supplementing with Vitamin D, the patients increased episodic memory, mental shifting as well as processing speed. The improvement was slight however it was noticeable (2).
Making sure to eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, clean meat and getting outside to soak up the rays and also supplementing with a multi vitamin are some of the best ways to avoid vitamin deficiencies.
- Misner, Bill. “Food Alone May Not Provide Sufficient Micronutrients For Preventing Deficiency1”. N.p., 2017. Print.
- Buell, J.S., Dawson-Hughes, B.,et al. 25Hydroxy vitamin D, Dementia and Cerebral Vascular Pethology in Elders receiving Home Services. Neurology 74: 18-26, 2010.