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Cognitive Ability in Seniors Linked to Vitamin D
Two recent studies indicate that low vitamin D intake can have a significant effect on the cognitive abilities of the elderly. Unfortunately, more than half of older Americans have insufficient levels of vitamin D.

Researchers examined information from more than 3,000 adults ages 65 and older. Vitamin D levels in blood samples were assessed in relation to participants' performance on cognitive function tests for memory, orientation in time and space, and attention span.
Those who had significant vitamin D insufficiencies were four times more likely to have impaired memory.

"The lower your vitamin D level, the more likely you are to have cognitive impairment," researchers said.
Many older Americans aren't exposed to enough sunlight to produce adequate levels of vitamin D, and skin becomes less efficient at producing the vitamin as the body ages. There are few dietary sources with high levels of naturally occurring vitamin D. Even foods that are fortified with the vitamin still do not provide adequate levels.

Vitamin D may protect blood flow to the brain and also may clear toxins from the brain, including the amyloid proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease. But more research is needed to establish whether vitamin D supplementation has therapeutic potential for dementia.

"We used to think vitamin D was just important for bone health, but we actually now know that vitamin D seems to play a role in a much wider range of age-associated diseases, and they're the ones we worry about -- like cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and so on."

Dr. Iverson's Comment
Many of you readers may be tired of my articles on vitamin D by now but believe it…I’m not slowin’ down on this one until every one of us North-Westerners are taking vitamin D daily! We just don’t get enough exposure to the sun in this part of the world and the studies are proving the effects of this darkness one after the next. Cognitive impairment, which has to do with changes in memory including forgetfulness, is a common complaint in my practice.  What if all you had to do was boost up on your vitamin D to turn your cells back on? 
I have a complete chapter dedicated to the importance of sunshine and vitamin D in my book, Nature’s Diet. It will also address how you can enhance your natural vitamin D absorption by which sunscreens to avoid and which to use along with other vitamin D tips.
Be well~
 Andrew Iverson
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