A daily multivitamin may slow down cognitive aging for seniors

According to a new study, daily vitamin and mineral supplementation led to a statistically significant cognitive benefit for older adults.

A new, large-scale, long-term study has found that taking a daily multivitamin supplement may slow cognitive aging in older adults.

Today is September 14, 2022

“This is the first positive, large-scale, long-term study to show that multivitamin-mineral supplementation for older adults may slow cognitive aging. While the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraged by these results, we are not ready to recommend widespread use of a multivitamin supplement to reduce risk of cognitive decline in older adults,” said Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., chief science officer of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Independent confirmatory studies are needed in larger, more diverse study populations. It is critical that future treatments and preventions are effective in all populations,” said Carrillo. “For now, and until there is more data, people should talk with their health care providers about the benefits and risks of all dietary supplements, including multivitamins.”

Carrillo maintains a positive outlook for future treatments to help cognitive aging and dementia. “We envision a future where there are multiple treatments and risk reduction strategies available that address cognitive aging and dementia in multiple ways — like heart disease and cancer — and that can be combined into powerful combination therapies… in conjunction with brain-healthy guidelines for lifestyle factors like diet and physical activity.”

Reference: “Effects of cocoa extract and a multivitamin on cognitive function: A randomized clinical trial” 14 September 2022, Alzheimer s & Dementia.
DOI: 10.1002/alz.12767

The COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) is supported by an investigator-initiated grant from