A new review of scientific literature suggests that a healthy diet is a much better way to feed your brain than dietary supplements. The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), convened by AARP with support from Age UK, gathered its members to discuss dietary supplements and brain health for people aged 50 and above. Their goal was to determine whether supplements can impact memory and thinking skills as people age.
Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and other products taken by mouth. An estimated 85,000 supplements are available in the United States according to the Nutrition Business Journal. An AARP survey found there are more Americans 50 and older who say they take a supplement to reverse dementia than there are people diagnosed with the disease. And the older people are, the more likely they are to take one. It’s big business with billions of dollars in retail sales worldwide. A small but growing percentage of these claim to improve brain health. But do they really?