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Vitamin D each day cuts dementia risk

- By Kate Pickles Health Editor

TAKING daily vitamin D lowers the risk of developing dementia, especially in women, a study suggests.

Those who took supplement­s lived free from the disease for longer, with 40 per cent fewer cases overall.

Experts believe that the vitamin may help to reduce the build-up of amyloid plaques and tau, which are linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Scientists from Exeter University and Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Canada analysed a group of 12,388 people.

There were 40 per cent fewer cases of the disease among those who reported taking vitamin D supplement­s, according to the findings published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Professor Zahinoor Ismail of the Brain Institute, who led the study, said: ‘We found evidence to suggest that earlier supplement­ation might be particular­ly beneficial, before the onset of cognitive decline.’

The effects were found to be greatest among women and in people with normal cognition.

Vitamin D comes from foods – such as oily fish, supplement­s and exposing skin to sunlight.

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