Multivitamin to Improve Cognition and Protect Against Mental Decline


Wake Forest University School of Medicine conducted research concerning the cognitive dysfunction and dementia. This study named, ‘Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study for the Mind (COSMOS-Mind)’, found that a dose of daily supplements could lead to improved cognition in adults. This research was conducted in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and published on 14th September 2022 in ‘Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association’.

Dementia in the world

According to WHO, around 55 million people in the world suffer through dementia. This disorder of cognitive functioning is estimated to rise to 78 million by 2030 which is rising concern especially among older adults. The disorder is the result of damaged nerve cells and their connections in the brain adding up the necessity of vitamin food.

A person with dementia might face difficulty in communicating and finding words, reasoning, planning and most importantly memory loss.

“Deficiency in several micronutrients and minerals could increase the risk of cognitive decline and dementia,” expresses Laura D. Baker—Co-principal investigator, COSMOS-Mind.

Research For Dementia

21,442 men and women were randomly picked for the COSMOS-Mind research trial, where it was investigated weather consumption of daily cocoa extract supplements, or a daily multivitamin mineral supplement reduces health related risks.

The results showed that the cocoa did not affect the cognition, however, the daily vitamin mineral supplements resulted in statistically significant cognitive improvement. According to the researchers, three years of multivitamin intake would roughly translate to slowing of cognitive decline by 60 percent.

Though it is quite early to recommend daily multivitamins based on this research, the preliminary findings are quite promising for the future research and these developments awaits for the healthcare future to flourish with unimaginable heights.

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