Vitamin E may delay Alzheimer's
Vitamin E may help slow functional decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.
Scientists from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York conducted a double-blind randomized clinical trial involving 613 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Subjects were either given fat-soluble vitamin E or a placebo, and the effects were examined over a period of five years.
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that patients who were given vitamin E demonstrated a slower Alzheimer’s disease progression than did patients who were given a placebo. The vitamin, however, did not seem to improve memory or cognitive function.
The researchers said their study suggests that vitamin E can be recommended as an effective and inexpensive treatment strategy for Alzheimer’s patients.