Smart Woman: New Study Says Vitamin D Benefits Seniors' Memory

Published 08/06 2014 03:35PM

Updated 08/06 2014 06:45PM

Almost everyone is impacted by the devastation of Alzheimer's disease. It can tear apart family members as they can no longer recognize each other.

A large new study finds Seniors with lower levels of Vitamin D have a 53% increased risk of developing dementia and a nearly 70% higher risk of developing Alzheimer's.

Dr. Zaldy Tan, a Medical Director from UCLA's Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program, reports, "Vitamin D receptors may help boost memory, it can also have an effect in reducing inflammation."

The greatest source of Vitamin D is sun exposure. It can also found in foods such as salmon, tuna and milk.

Researchers say studies now need to be done to see if taking Vitamin D supplements or eating Vitamin D rich foods can delay dementia.

Dr. Zaldy Tan says the study isn't clear if low Vitamin D levels actually cause cognitive loss or if it's the other way around.

Though it was found that Seniors, with severe deficiency, were 120% more likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer's than Seniors with normal levels of Vitamin D.

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