“A new study provides a starting point for developing RNIs (Reference Nutrient Intakes) for vitamin D and cognitive performance.” [Source: nutraingredients.com]
Research shows that nutrition plays an important role in ensuring optimum cognitive performance at all ages and stages of life. Poor nutrition is a known risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia.
As well as helping prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida, prenatal folic acid supplementation may also offer cognitive benefits for children. Conversely, maternal vitamin D deficiency may cause cognitive impairment in newborns.
Researchers in the Netherlands have shown a link between omega-3 levels and cognitive benefits in children. In older people, however, higher doses of omega-3 supplements may be needed for averting cognitive decline. Diets rich in vitamin E and carotenoids may also slow cognitive decline.
In addition to science-based micronutrient supplementation, ensuring a healthy diet is key. Organic food intake in childhood is associated with better cognitive development, while following a diet rich in plant-based foods during midlife may significantly lower the risk of cognitive impairment later in life.
To read how, in people with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a combination of B vitamins has been shown to prevent brain shrinkage, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, see this article on our website.