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article imageVitamin E could be 'beneficial' for dementia

By Tim Sandle     Jan 1, 2014 in Health
New research suggests that a daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia. This relates to people with conditions like Alzheimer's disease.
The research indicates that vitamin E can help to slowdown the progression of certain types of dementia, according to The Independent. Specifically, the study suggests that people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease on high doses of vitamin E had a slower rate of decline than those given a dummy pill.
The research does not suggest that vitamin E can prevent dementia, it is more that it can slowdown the progression of certain diseases.
For the study, 613 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease received either a daily dose of vitamin E, a dementia drug treatment known as memantine, a combination of vitamin E and memantine, or placebo. From this, changes in the study participant's ability to carry out everyday tasks -such as washing or dressing - were measured over an average of two years. The study found participants receiving vitamin E had slower functional decline than those receiving placebo, with the annual rate of decline reduced by 19%.
Vitamin E is not one compound, the term refers to a group of eight fat-soluble compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrienols. The most common form is γ-Tocopherol, which can be found in corn oil, soybean oil, margarine, and dressings.
Professor Kenneth Davis, president of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, which took part in the study, told The Guardian that: "Now that we have a strong clinical trial showing that vitamin E slows functional decline and reduces the burdens on caregivers, vitamin E should be offered to patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease."
The findings have been published in the journal Journal of the American Medical Association, in a paper titled "Vitamin E and Memantine for Alzheimer Disease".
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