Kids taking multivitamins get a cognitive boost on tests. That’s according to a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
This good news comes from researchers in England and Australia who studied the effects of taking a multivitamin on school children for 12 weeks.
Scientists measured the children’s cognitive abilities three times during the study: once before supplementation began; another time several hours after taking the vitamin; and, one last time, after 12 weeks of daily supplementation.
Any guesses on how well the kids responded?
They did great. In fact…
The kids showed an immediate and quantifiable boost in attention by taking vitamins.
Not only did the kids perform better on cognitive and attention tests… they performed better right away.
The researchers noticed an immediate improvement in the children’s performance just three hours after the first dose on the first day.
With such clear cut, positive proof that vitamins boost kids’ performance, we should make daily vitamins part of the school lunch program. Forget about mandatory milk. Give every child his or her multivitamin at lunch time (for maximum absorption, of course).
In any case, make sure all the kids you know are getting their multis every day. It might just give them a mental edge.