According to a new study by Duke University, getting sun can help keep your mind sharp.
One of the benefits of sun exposure is that your skin responds by producing vitamin D. Vitamin D is known to be necessary for bone and muscle health. Now, new research suggests that it is also crucial for a maintaining a healthy brain.
The study found that low levels of vitamin D predicted cognitive decline in the elderly. Researchers followed 1,202 "cognitively intact adults" above the age of 60 for two years. The researchers measured the participants' vitamin D levels and assessed their cognition using the Mini-Mental State Examination. Over the course of the study, they found that those with a low vitamin D levels had a 2-3x higher likelihood of declining cognition than those who had the most. This finding adds to evidence that vitamin D protects against neuron damage.
It's another excuse to get to the beach.
The above post was lovingly crafted by Josiah Hultgren. Josiah Hultgren is Founder/CEO of MindFullyAlive, a Senior Lecturer at California Lutheran University, a NeuroCoach, and a practical neuroscience expert. He produces and curates mindfulness content designed to improve structure and functioning of the brain. His mission is to help create a more vibrant world and apply neuroscience in ways that help people reach their highest potential.