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How can vitamin D help with Alzheimer's disease?

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No vitamins or supplements are proven to prevent, stop, or slow down Alzheimer’s. Still, the foods you eat do matter for your brain health. One of vitamin D’s jobs is to help the brain. Most of us get our vitamin D from the sun and from foods like fatty fish, cheese, and egg yolks. But it’s also available over the counter as a supplement.

There’s a link between vitamin D and Alzheimer’s. A number of studies have shown that people with Alzheimer’s have low vitamin D levels. One study found people with very low vitamin D were twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s. A lot more research has to be done before doctors will start prescribing vitamin D for Alzheimer’s.

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Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

Woztunik-Kulesza, K. , March 2016. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy

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Georgetown University Medical Center.

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Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

Woztunik-Kulesza, K. , March 2016. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy

Turner, S. , published online Sept. 11, 2015. Neurology

Georgetown University Medical Center.

Soni, M. , 2012. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation

Miller, J. , 2015. Journal of the American Medical Association, Neurology

Littlejohns, T. , published online Aug. 6, 2014. Neurology

Mayo Clinic: “Ginkgo biloba: Can it prevent memory loss?” “Safety.”

National Institutes of Health, NIH Director’s Blog: “Revisiting Resveratrol’s Health Claims.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

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