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Vitamin D Boost

Over 60s should take vitamin D supplements to ward off cognitive decline and dementia, scientists have advised.

Research at the University of California and Rutgers University in the US found that over-60s with vitamin D deficiency declined mentally at a rate three times faster than those with adequate levels.

A recent survey suggested that around 50 per cent of all adults have some degree of vitamin D deficiency, which has been blamed on too much time spent indoors and increased use of sunblock.

Although vitamin D is found in foods like oily fish, most people cannot get enough of the vitamin through diet alone, and those living in higher latitudes are at greater risk.