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.