LifeExtension Magazine has recently reported some promising news for Alzheimer’s patients. It appears there is some good results from a study using a simple Vitamin supplement. Alzheimer’s patients showed less decline when given a regular amount of Vitamin E. The Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA) reported the results from a double blinded study involving mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Those patients that received a Vitamin E supplement showed a reduced functional decline. In a study in which patients were divided, some were given 2.000 IU units of Vitamin E along with a drug memantine and the other half received a placebo over a follow up period that lasted over 2 years. While the memantine drug was not associated with an improvement, functional decline was shown to have slowed in those receiving the Vitamin E. Those who received the Vitamin also required less caregiver assistance compared to the placebo group.
“The current study is one of the longest and largest treatment trials in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease”, reported Maurice W. Dysken MD and his colleagues.
And in another study conducted at Japan’s Shibaura Institute of Technology, the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology also reports promising results from the use of Vitamin E with Alzheimer’s patients. The study revealed an increase in brain oxidation and cognitive dysfunction in Vitamin E deficient mice. While brain lipid peroxidation was similar in the both groups of mice- both deficient and non-deficient- in three month old mice, at six months the vitamin E deficient mice showed worsened brain per- oxidation in the cortex and cerebellum as compared to the non-deficient mice. This indicates a significant effect on long term deficiency.
Indeed, the results of both these recent studies present promising results for Alzheimer’s patients with the use of Vitamin E supplements and will act as fodder for further research in this area.