What to Eat to Reduce Your Cataract Risk

To help your aging eyes, think about improving what you eat. A new Swedish study has found that women age 49 and older who ate a diet rich in disease-fighting antioxidants had a lower risk of developing cataracts. The team of Swedish researchers looked at the diets of more than 30,000 women ages 49 to 83 and found those with the highest total intake of antioxidants had about a 13 percent lower risk of developing cataracts than women who consumed …

Vitamin D Pills: Many Labels Can’t Be Trusted

If you need to take a vitamin D supplement, be aware you may be getting far less or far more than the label shows, a new study shows. Researchers found that off-the-shelf pills from 12 different manufacturers plus two from specialty compounding pharmacies contained from a minuscule 9 percent to a whopping 146 percent of the amount listed on the label (which ranged from 1,000 to 10,000 international units [IU]). Not only was there variation among different brands and manufacturers, …

Taking Dietary Supplements? Don’t Overdo It

Older adults who take dietary supplements to boost their intake of minerals need to be careful they don’t get too much of a good thing. As reported in Reuters, a new study by the National Institutes of Health found that vitamin-users may be overloading on minerals, like iron, magnesium and zinc, that could cause health problems. The study of 8,860 men and women found that people who take dietary supplements also tend to eat healthier diets and get more nutrients …

The Takeaway: The Price of Dementia, Your Brain on B Vitamins, Poverty in the U.S.

If dementia were a country, its economy would rank No. 18 in the world, according to a new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International. And nearly three-quarters of people living with dementia have not been diagnosed. The tragedy of this is that early interventions can slow brain deterioration, but many are missing out. But there have actually been some exciting discoveries in the world of early Alzheimer’s interventions announced this week.

Multivitamin Test: Cheap Often Best For People And Pets

A new analysis of popular multivitamins turned up some good news for budget-minded older adults, but not such good news for their pets and grandchildren. First the good news: Price is not an indicator of quality. Several popular brands of multis for seniors sold at discounters like Costco, BJ’s and Walmart scored high in quality and were the lowest in price. Now the bad news, including some that could worry Fido: The analysis included three dog vitamins and one of …

Vitamins 101 for the 50+ Diet

For those of you who are over 50 and are clueless about what vitamins you should be taking (I’ll admit I’m a culprit), you definitely want to check out this neat tool that AARP created so you can see what vitamins are important for your dietary needs: The best way to get crucial vitamins and minerals is through healthy foods, so for a completely well-nourished person, supplements may be a waste of money. But for people over age 50, even …