Supplements May Improve Memory

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Adults who take vitamin and mineral supplements such as vitamins C and E, selenium, zinc, and beta-carotene exhibited better long-term memory skills than those who took placebos over the course of ten years,according to French researchers.

Researchers followed 4,500 French men and women between the ages of 45 and 60 for eight years, with half the group taking a daily supplement and half taking placebo pills. After that period, all were given the option of taking vitamin supplements for six more years.

At the end of the six-year period, both groups were given a series of memory tests. The groups performed similarly on most of the tests, but the nutrient-taking group did better on long-term memory exercises than the placebo group.

The study was published online in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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