VITAMINS HELP SENIORS STAY VITAL
According to a Spanish study published in Age and Ageing, a low intake of vitamins is associated with frailty in older adults. Scientists from the Universidad de La Frontera in Chile and the Universidad Aut— noma de Madrid- IdiPaz in Madrid followed 1,643 people from Spain, aged 65 and older, for four years.
Participants’ levels of 10 vitamins— vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins B , B , C, D, E, and folate— were assessed at the beginning of the study, and researchers found that lower intake of vitamins B , C, E, and folate was associated with a higher risk of frailty over the course of the study. Frailty was defined as meeting at least three of the following five criteria: unintentional weight loss, exhaustion, weakness, slow walking speed, and low physical activity.
The researchers also noted that failure to meet the RDAs for all vitamins was strongly associated with frailty.