Looking for information on the best vitamins for dementia? We are here to help. Because we understand that dementia is a frustrating reality for millions of people. In fact, the World Health Organization says that a mind-blowing 47.5 million people worldwide live with one form or another of dementia.
Vitamins can pack a powerful punch for numerous health issues, so it makes sense to explore their possible benefits for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. While there’s no guarantee that any amount of vitamins can prevent or reverse memory loss, research suggests that many vitamins do have cognitive benefits. Here are the best vitamins for dementia, according to research:
Vitamins for Dementia
Vitamins E and C
Vitamins E and C are essential nutrients for anyone, regardless of age. They’re powerful antioxidants that deliver benefits such as reduced inflammation and protection against free radicals. Research shows that people who eat a diet rich in these nutrients may have a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin D does a lot for our overall health. It regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and facilitates normal immune system function. Many adults, however, are Vitamin D deficient. While vitamin D deficiency isn’t necessarily a direct cause of dementia, research shows a strong link between the two.
Vitamins B6 and B12
Research tells us that patients living with Alzheimer’s or dementia often have lower brain volume than those living without the disease. The benefits of B6 and B12 are well documented. One research study showed that taking a combination of vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid over two years slowed the shrinkage of the brain.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Healthy fats are an essential part of any diet. It’s smart to include monounsaturated fats found in vegetable oils, avocados, nuts, and seeds into daily meals. It’s equally smart to include polyunsaturated fatty acids — especially omega-6 and omega-3 — which can be found in a wide variety of fish. Among other benefits, these healthy fats help support proper blood flow to the brain and also help preserve cognitive function.
The Bottom Line
With a growing body of research showing that adequate nutrition levels can help slow down — or possibly even prevent — cognitive decline, it makes sense for every adult to incorporate vitamin-dense foods into their diets, regardless of whether or not they’re living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Visit The Moments to see how we incorporate vitamin-rich foods into our residents’ daily lives. In the meantime, learn more about how nutrition and our sense of taste are both linked to memory care.