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By September 8, 2022No Comments
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Vitamins B6 and D preserve vitality in aging

Vitamin B6 boosts omega-3s

Older adults with higher levels of vitamin B6 were more likely to have high levels of the omega-3s EPA and DHA. In this two-year study, doctors measured nutrients in the diets of 641 adults, aged at least 60, through food and supplement questionnaires, and compared to plasma levels of vitamin B6.

Those whose levels of vitamin B6 were adequate were more likely to have high plasma levels of EPA and DHA compared to those who were deficient in vitamin B6.

Doctors said the findings are important because those who are older and deficient in vitamin B6 may not metabolize omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids efficiently, leading to an increase in chances for poor age-related health outcomes.

Reference: Nutrients; 2022, Vol. 14, No. 11, 2336

 

Vitamin D for vigor in aging

This review of 240 studies conducted in 62 countries covered 2,997 men and women, average age 69. Doctors measured vitamin D levels and found 32.1 percent were insufficient and 19.6 percent were deficient. Doctors then separated participants into three groups on a Frailty Index (FI): non-frail, pre-frail to frail, and frail to severely frail; including factors such as diseases, symptoms, laboratory abnormalities, cognitive impairments, and disabilities in activities of daily living.

Overall, those who were deficient in vitamin D were 79 percent more likely to be in the ‘frail to severely frail’ group compared to those whose vitamin D levels were sufficient. The results suggest maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D in aging help preserve good physical and cognitive health.

Reference: Nutrients; 2022, Vol. 14, No. 11, 2292

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