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Your Diet May Not Be Adequately Feeding Your Brain

In an ideal world, we'd all be eating a variety of foods that would satisfy all our nutritional needs. As this is not the case, many people try to fill the gap by taking vitamins and supplements. But even if they are taking enough to meet the nutritional guidelines set by governments, they still may not be getting optimal levels for brain health.

Speaking at the 2012 Vitafoods Conference, Professor David Kennedy, director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre at the Northumbria University in the UK, suggests that the current government recommendations are too low.

He and his team of researchers determined that following government guidelines for dietary intake will result in enough nutrients to ward off disease, but not enough to allow the brain to operate at full capacity.

They analyzed a series of studies and found that supplementation with a multivitamin improved brain function in children and adults whose diets already met nutritional recommendations. Had the participants been at the optimal nutritional status, the multivitamin would not have had such a positive effect on brain function.

So what's the solution? Kennedy suggests supplementing your diet with a high quality multivitamin in order to boost what you're getting naturally from foods, especially if you're concerned about brain health.

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