Multis and B vitamins supercharge your brain

Big Pharma has pumped billions into the hunt for a brain-boosting drug, and all they have to show for it so far is a bunch of tax write-offs.

But there is something you can pop right now to get your brain juices flowing, and it's the cheap little pills you should be taking anyway -- your daily vitamins.

A series of new studies in the British Journal of Nutrition, Psychopharmacology, and Human Psychopharmacology finds that ordinary vitamins -- like the kind I hope you're already taking -- can increase your mental powers.

And if you're not taking one now, it's not too late to start -- because the benefits kick in after just a few weeks.

In one of the studies, researchers found that women given multivitamin and mineral supplements improved in both accuracy and speed on multitasking tests. Children between the ages of 8 and 14 showed better accuracy in tests that require attention.

And for men, a B complex was enough to boost their scores on cognitive tests and improve their mental vigor so they weren't "worn out" at the end of those tests.

This is nothing new, of course, especially the part about the B vitamins. I've recommended B6, B12, and folate for brainpower and dementia protection in men and women alike for years now -- and if you're not taking a quality B complex yet, add one today.

But don't stop there.

Be sure to add some of my other favorites, like the omega-3 fatty acids. In another of the new studies, brain scans revealed that people who took between 1 and 2 grams daily of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA had increased blood flow to the brain.

That's a sure sign of big-time long-haul benefits -- and a reason why studies have shown that lifelong fish eaters have healthier brains and a lower risk of dementia than people who don't eat fish.

So whether you're interested in long-term brain protection or just want a boost for next month's Scrabble rematch, follow mom's advice -- and don't forget to take your vitamins.

By the way, there's one other nutrient you need for brain protection, and you're almost certainly not getting enough. I'll have all the details this summer in my Douglass Report newsletter.

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