Prevent dementia with this essential vitamin
It's natural to slow down a little as you get older -- but there's one place where you don't have to lose a step at all, and that's your brain. Take action today, and you can prevent cognitive decline tomorrow.
No matter how old you are, it's not too late. Even if you're feeling the first warning signs of dementia, you can slow, stop or reverse it -- and it starts by making sure your brain has plenty of the one nutrient most people miss out on.
Ordinary vitamin D.
You know it as the sunshine vitamin. But many people today have barely heard of it -- which is why it's quietly become one of the leading nutritional deficiencies in the industrialized world.
Don't let yourself fall into that category, because studies have shown that high levels of D can lower the risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and even Alzheimer's disease -- and two new studies make that link again.
In one, American researchers found that blood levels of below 20 nanograms per milliliter upped the odds of cognitive decline in older women. In a second study out of France, researchers found that weekly D intake of less than 50.3 micrograms increased the risk of Alzheimer's disease, also in older women.
It's not just women, by the way. Studies have consistently linked low blood levels of D to cognitive decline and dementia in men and women alike.
The only problem with D is getting it. There's not enough in your diet, and it's too dangerous to get what you need from sunlight alone -- so you'll need a supplement.
The new studies used micrograms and nanograms as measurements, but the one you need to concern yourself with at the moment is international units, or IUs. That's what you'll find listed on supplements -- and you want one that contains between 2,000 and 5,000 IUs each day.
And along with vitamin D, add some of the other brain-saving essentials backed by science -- including curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound found in the spice turmeric, but also widely available as a supplement. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can also protect the brain and keep dementia at bay.
I've got more on that coming up next. Keep reading!