Vitamins & Minerals to Boost Brainpower (cont.)
Seeing to More C
"Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that can intercept free radicals before they affect the brain," says Dean, also the health advisor to yeastconnection.com. It's found in foods such as broccoli, legumes, oranges, potatoes, and strawberries. If you are taking supplements, aim for 500 micrograms once or twice a day, she says. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that people taking vitamins C and E were 78% less likely to have had a diagnosis of Alzheimer's at the study's start and 64% less likely to have developed the disease four years after the study began.
Of course, before taking any supplements talk to your doctor first, many may interfere with the absorption of medications you may be taking or may cause bothersome side effects.
Published Sept. 22, 2004.
SOURCES: Aimee Shunney, ND, coordinator of educational and wellness program, Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Ray Sahelian, MD, author, Mind Boosters. Carolyn Dean, ND, MD, author, The Miracle of Magnesium. Molly Kimball, RD, nutritionist, Ochsner Clinic's Elmwood Fitness Center, New Orleans.