Lower Your Risk For Dementia

August 1, 2013

paintingA new study has found that seniors with anemia were more likely to develop dementia. Fortunately, fighting off anemia is as easy as taking a pill! A vitamin, that is.

Anemia is when you don’t have enough red blood cells. Since red blood cells deliver oxygen, oxygen deficiency likely contributes to dementia.

But what causes the drop in blood cells? There’s a long list of specific causes for iron deficiency, but most (if not all) have, at the root of it, a missing nutrient. And that makes perfect sense when you remember that nutrients are the building blocks of us!.

Iron is perhaps the most common missing piece. Supplementing with iron isn’t ideal—the supplement form isn’t as easy to process as the food form. Still, there are lots of conditions for which supplementing with iron may be necessary—even temporarily.

Dark greens and red meat (especially liver) are natural sources of iron. You can enhance absorption by eating some vitamin C at the same time—either add some citrus to your meal or take a multivitamin.

A multivitamin can also help protect against other deficiencies that could contribute to anemia (B Vitamins, for instance). All in all, it’s a good way to provide a safety net for your body!

Check out other ways to help prevent dementia.

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