beta caroteneMORE research has confirmed there are ‘super vitamins’ that can actually dramatically reduce changes in forgetfulness or even dementia as we age. These include vitamin C and beta-carotene, vitamin E, lycopene and coenzyme Q10. 

Alzheimer’s patients are low in all these vitamins, particularly vitamin C and beta-carotene, compared to healthy people who have remained mentally sharp.

Researchers from the University of Ulm found that the massage therapy can also protect against the milder symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia, such as forgetfulness, orientation problems and general cognitive decline, taking into consideration other factors that can also affect cognitive ability, such as education, alcohol and smoking, and weight.

Source: Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2012; 31: 717-24