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News - Multivitamins boost brain function

By Holly Taylor BSc (Hons) DipCNM MBANT NTCC

In a collection of studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition, Psychopharmacology, and Human Psychopharmacology, teams of UK scientists investigated the effects of multivitamin supplementation on mood and brain function.

The researchers monitored groups of healthy children, men and women who took vitamin and mineral supplements daily for four to 12 weeks, and tested their mental performance during tasks requiring attention, memory, accuracy and/or multitasking ability. The mood or stress levels of participants were also assessed.

Their findings indicated that vitamin and mineral supplementation improved brain performance after only a few weeks of supplementation. Men taking high dose B-complex vitamins showed improved performance on learning tasks, were less mentally tired and showed improved vigour. Women taking multivitamin and mineral supplements were demonstrated to have increased accuracy and speed on multitasking tests, whilst children demonstrated increased accuracy in attention-based tasks.

These findings add to solid evidence indicating that multivitamin supplements offer significant and varied benefits. 

Article References

Haskell CF et al. 'Cognitive and mood effects in healthy children during 12 weeks’ supplementation with multi-vitamin/minerals'. British Journal of Nutrition. 2008 Nov;100(5):1086-96 Kennedy DO et al. Effects of high-dose B vitamin complex with vitamin C and minerals on subjective mood and performance in healthy males. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2010 Jul;211(1):55-68.

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