It’s not unusual, and nothing to worry about, for some cognitive decline to occur as you age. But if you have more difficulty with judgment, language or memory than is expected for your age, a doctor may diagnose you with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This condition raises your risk of progressing to dementia. However, in a Korean study of nearly a quarter-million people with MCI, participants who exercised more than once a week were 18 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Physical activity may protect us by increasing blood flow to the brain or by aiding the production of the molecules that help neurons to grow.
For Most People, the Benefits of Multivitamins Are an Illusion
Millions of us take a multivitamin every day—and feel like we’re getting results. In a Harvard-led investigation, people who used these supplements rated their overall health, on average, 30 per cent higher than non-users’ own self-assessments. It turns out, though, that both groups actually had comparable levels of well-being, both physically and mentally. It’s possible that people with a more positive outlook are more attracted to multivitamins, or that taking them encourages you to see yourself as the picture of health. Either way, they’re probably not worth your money unless you have a restrictive diet (e.g., vegan or glutenfree), a pregnancy or a medical issue that specifically calls for supplements.
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