We’ve all been there — and there’s nothing more terrifying.
You’re standing in the middle of a shopping mall parking lot — shaking your head in disbelief — wondering where the heck you parked the car.
Or an old friend runs into you at a bar, and you can’t remember his name to save your life.
The most frightening thing about memory loss is that we don’t know where it will stop. Are these just “senior moments” — or the first signs of dementia?
But what if I told you there’s a simple, natural way to protect your memories and even shield your brain from dementia or Alzheimer’s?
And better yet — it may not cost you a penny.
Because a new study shows that a steady regimen of vitamin D can help sweep the cobwebs from our aging minds.
“Alzheimer’s Proof” your brain with vitamin D
According to a report published in Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers at Rutgers University studied older adults and measured their vitamin D levels and their ability to think and remember.
Turns out once you’re low on vitamin D (as many of the research volunteers were) your ability to remember things and organize your thoughts starts to tank.
Even worse, researchers say your mental abilities may decline nearly three times faster than folks with adequate levels.
You’ve probably heard plenty about how vitamin D can strengthen bones, fortify your immune system, and even lower your cancer risk.
But what many people don’t know is that vitamin D is an important player in maintaining brain health. It helps your body make key neurotransmitters, and it’s even been shown to ward off depression.
Get your vitamin D for free!
And you can get a lot of what you need for free. Spending 20 to 30 minutes outside a day with your head and arms exposed will give your body a good jolt of vitamin D.
But it might be a bad idea to stop there. As you get older, your body is a bit less effective at converting sunlight to vitamin D.
And if you live in a colder climate like I do, it can be tough to get enough sunlight to build up your vitamin D levels during the colder months.
I recommend my patients follow a daily supplement regimen of around 2,000 IU of vitamin D a day in summer and 4,000 IU in winter.
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