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Multivitamins May Improve Brain Function And Mood

March 1, 2011 by  

Multivitamins may improve brain function and moodResearch that was conducted at Northumbria University (NU) suggests that daily use of multivitamins may improve cognitive skills and energy levels in men.

Authors of the study said that previous trials on multivitamins had focused on the elderly population, this time the research concentrated on males between the ages of 30 and 55.

A team of scientists gave half of a group of 215 men a multivitamin containing vitamin B complex and vitamin C, and the remaining participants were given placebos. Before and after the 33-day trial, the men were given questionnaires on mood, stress and health as well as tests for math and other thinking skills.

While the placebo group showed no significant changes, the participants taking multivitamins experienced improved scores on the tests and reported reduced mental fatigue.

"We know that optimum functioning of the central nervous system is dependent on a wide range of micronutrients, and there is a wealth of evidence from epidemiological studies that clearly suggest a relationship between micronutrients and psychological functioning," said David Kennedy, lead study author and NU professor.  

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  • http://FarTooMuch.Info Russ Lemon

    This is entirely expected. Why? Because of loss of nutrients in commercial food. It used to be that food contained all the nutrients that we need. Organic food still has most of the nutrients we need. But genetically modified foods are usually sprayed with glyphosate that locks up the calcium, chromium, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese & molybdenum in the soil so that it cannot be used. This is how the herbicide kills the weeds. But the genetically modified food has been modified to survive without these nutrients. The health of most people and animals eating GM foods will suffer unless the loss of nutrients is compensated for by sufficient organic food or by supplements. I believe that 2,4D, an alternate herbicide, works in a similar manner. Note that 2,4D, an active ingredient in Agent Orange, is also being used on some GM foods. I believe that it also creates other health problems such as Birth defects, cancer, etc.

  • Jim Harrison

    I am in basic agreement with the article extolling the value of supplements. However, I would like to know whether this test involving placebos was a double-blind test, and the number of men involved in the test. anybody know?

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