Research published in the journal JAMA indicates that people with mild to moderate Alzheimers Disease may benefit from high doses of vitamin E.
The study involved 613 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease taking either a daily dose of vitamin E, the dementia drug treatment Memantine, a combination of vitamin E and Memantine, or just a placebo. Those participants receiving vitamin E suffered slower functional decline than people receiving the placebo. They were able to carry out everyday tasks for longer and needed less help from carers than those given the dummy placebo.
Note: Experts caution readers about the importance of seeking advice from their doctor before considering taking supplements above the recommended daily allowance.
Read more: BBC News. Vitamin E beneficial in dementia.
Vitamin E ‘beneficial’ in dementia. London: BBC Health News, January 1st 2014.
Readers may also be interested in the NHS Choices critical appraisal:
Could vitamin E slow dementia? London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, January 2nd 2014.
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Dysken, MW. Sano, M. [and] Asthana, S. [et al] (2013). Effect of Vitamin E and Memantine on Functional Decline in Alzheimer Disease: The TEAM-AD VA Cooperative Randomized Trial. JAMA. January 1st 2014; Vol.311(1): pp.33-44.