Could the antioxidant vitamin E also benefit the brain and prevent alzheimers?

vitamin eCan vitamin E prevent alzheimers?

Vitamin E is included in just about every one of our body and hair care products. That is because it is an excellent antioxidant, and it helps prevent spoilage without adding harmful chemical preservatives to your body. Plus, vitamin E has a host of other skin and hair care benefits beyond its simple ability to prevent free radical damage and spoilage.

Vitamin E has been studied for a variety of therapeutic health benefits, including heart and circulatory health, brain function, and general health overall. However, it’s important to note that vitamin e is not water soluble, which means you can “OD” on it.

You do not get rid of this vitamin every day as you do say vitamin C, so you have to make sure you don’t take too much if you take it in supplementation form in addition to the vitamin  E you may naturally get in your diet.

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Now a study that has been released seems to suggest that vitamin e supplementation may benefit patients with alzheimers disease.

Alzheimers affects both men and women in older age, but can also affect people in their fifties and even late 40’s in rare cases.  There are few drugs for the disease and that ones that are out there are not very effective and can only slow the progression (if that), not reverse it.

The vitamin E study had patients in three different groups take vitamin e in the synthetic form only, taking vitamin E and one of the popular alzheimers drugs, taking the drug only, and taking a placebo.

Shockingly, the group who took vitamin E only (or not so shockingly for those of us who know the power of nutrition and vitamins) showed the most improvement in terms of slowing the disease over a one year period.

While the study sponsors are careful to point out that this is not 100% conclusive evidence that everyone can benefit from vitamin E who has alzheimers, it certainly is promising and warrants further study.

Taking vitamin E supplements is something that should be considered carefully, especially if you are on other medications.  While it can be incredibly beneficial to the human body, we get most of the vitamin e we need through our diet if we eat a healthfully.

One study even found that vitamin e supplementation may increase the risk of prostate cancer in men.  I think that as with any other supplement, you have to carefully weigh the pros and cons.

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