AARP: A majority of Americans believe dietary supplements improve brain health, despite the lack of evidence

_____ New Report Discourages Adults From Using Brain Health Supplements (Prevention): “This morning, the Global Counsel on Brain Health released a report concluding that dietary supplements do not improve brain health or prevent cognitive decline, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. The report, released by the AARP, flatly recommends that most consumers do not take supplements for this purpose. “The GCBH reviewed the scientific evidence on various supplements and determined it could not endorse any ingredient, production, or formulation designed for brain health,” the AARP said in a press release. This year alone, the FDA sent warning labels to multiple supplement companies specifically claiming to treat Alzheimer’s disease, according to the GCBH report. All of the claims below were cited by the GCBH as misleading: A dietary supplement that has been clinically shown to help with mild memory problems associated with aging Clinically shown to be safe and support memory and brain function Clinically proven natural ingredients Supports neurotransmitter development to promote a feeling of mental sharpness Helps your brain maintain healthy neurons to support learning and recall 13 scientifically proven nutrients for a healthier brain Keeps your mind sharp and memory strong with an ingredient that’s clinically shown to improve memory and recall in healthy adults. It’s powered by the #1 most clinically studied ingredient for memory among leadi...
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