Multivitamins are good for the brain.
Multivitamins are good for the brain.
Multivitamins are good for the brain.

That is, a third study has confirmed that multivitamins have “a statistically significant benefit” on older folks’ cognition and memory."

This latest meta-analysis, done by Mass General Brigham researchers, went a step further than the previous studies; it included in-person assessments like cognitive tests (“Who was Fred Flintstone’s wife?”). With those previous studies, more than 5,000 participants were included, so it’s pretty conclusive evidence.

[I]nvestigators observed a modest benefit for the multivitamin, compared to placebo, on global cognition over two years. There was a statistically significant benefit of multivitamin supplementation for change in episodic memory, but not in executive function/attention.

What’s still up in the air is exactly how multivitamins have their effect. By definition they include a bunch of minerals, so which of them make a difference — well, that’s for another study to figure out.

It's a reminder that different people have different needs, supplement-wise. Nothing against the folks from Bedrock, but sometimes a general multivitamin isn't enough. That's when your neighborhood compounding pharmacist comes into play.

A pharmacist? Yep! A compounding pharmacist can work with the rest of your healthcare team to create a supplement just for you — one that gives you the vitamins and minerals you need in the right amounts, and nothing you don't need (so you can avoid any side effects).

Or how about something in between — supplements created by pharmacists to help you cope with specific issues or fill your particular needs? Pharmacist Formulations provides pharmaceutical-grade supplements that will help you (and your doctor) target and rectify gaps in your nutrition and help promote a balanced and thriving lifestyle.

No matter which works best for you, talk to your compounding pharmacist to up your supplement game. Yabba-dabba-do!