More than a quarter of adults in the United States age 50 and older take at least one supplement for brain-health reasons. (26% according to the recent 2019 AARP Brain Health and Dietary Supplements Survey). Brain-health supplements generated $3 billion in sales globally in 2016 and are projected to reach $5.8 billion by 2023. It’s a massive waste of money. Despite adults’ wide-spread use of brain-health supplements, there appears to be little reason for it.
The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) is an independent collaborative of scientists, doctors, scholars and policy experts from all over the world brought together by AARP. After undertaking an evidence review of brain-health supplements’ potential effectiveness, the GCBH determined it could not endorse any ingredient, product or supplement formulation designed for brain health. Instead, the GCBH concluded that for most people, the best way to get your nutrients for brain health is from a healthy diet. Scientific evidence does not support the use of any supplement to prevent, slow, reverse, or stop cognitive decline or dementia or other related neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s.