A new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs showed that high doses of vitamin E were effective in slowing down the progression of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s in 613 veteran patients, most of which were male. The patients that took vitamin E demonstrated the ability to perform daily activities such as bathing and preparing meals for an average of six months longer than patients that did not take it.
Researchers caution that this is not a cure for dementia, but the study is promising. According to <a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/01/01/researchers-say-vitamin-e-may-slow-spread-mild-to-moderate-alzheimer-disease/”>Fox News</a>, another study was performed many years ago and showed the same benefit of vitamin E. However, physicians stopped prescribing it because further studies showed that taking more than 400 mg of vitamin E per day could attribute to a higher risk of death from other diseases.
Veteran’s that took vitamin E were 19% more likely to maintain the ability to perform daily tasks than those who took a placebo. It showed no benefit in regards to Alzheimer’s patients memory or to patients taking other prescription drugs in combination with the vitamin. Those suffering from dementia should discuss the risks and benefits of taking a daily dose of vitamin E with their physician.
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