A new study featured on Science Daily reveals that low levels of vitamin D in the body may cause brain damage.

Researchers from the University of Kentucky fed middle-aged mice a diet that was low in vitamin D for several months. After the experiment, they found that the mice’s brains were more prone to damage caused by free radicals, resulting in poor memory and learning.

Previous studies have also shown that low levels of the said vitamin may increase the risk of heart ailments and mortality rate.

This is why researchers recommend that individuals, especially older adults, ask their doctor about going for a vitamin D-rich diet. Getting enough morning sun exposure and drinking supplements may also improve vitamin D levels in the body.

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