Vitamin C Deficiency May Have Negative Effect on Cognitive Function
Vitamin C plays an important role in the brain and in supporting cognitive function. A new study suggests that vitamin C deficiency may be associated with impaired cognitive function in mature adults.
The researchers selected 160 adults with an average age of 84 to participate in the study. They assessed cognitive function with the Mini Mental State Examination and the Clock-Drawing Test. Vitamin C levels were evaluated, and participants were classified as deficient if their levels were below 11 micromo/L.
Participants who were vitamin C deficient had significantly lower cognitive function scores compared to those who were not deficient. The researchers noted that participants with vitamin C deficiency were approximately 3 times more likely to have cognitive impairment.
The study was conducted by researchers from Finders University. It was published online ahead of print on February 26, 2022 in the journal Antioxidants.
Higher levels of vitamin C have been associated with improved metabolic health.