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Vitamin E Has More Benefits than Memory Drugs

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Recent study show that vitamin E may have more benefits than memory drugs in combating the disease Alzheimer. According to the study published in JAMA, a daily dose of 2000 IU of vitamin E safely and effectively showed the functional decline of Alzheimer’s for patients with mild to moderate forms of the neurodegenerative disorder.

Researchers from the Minneapolis VA Health Care System divided a group of 613 Alzheimer’s patients at 14 Veterans Affairs Medical centers into three groups.  Among the three groups, one group was prescribed the dosage of vitamin E, another received the drug memantime, and a third group prescribed placebo.

Over the follow-up time of 2.3 years, those who received vitamin E showed slower decline in their ability to perform daily activities than participant’s receiving the placebo.

Decline among those receiving vitamin E was reduced by 19 percent annually, which translated to a slowdown in the progression of those daily functions of 6.2 months. The participants having memantime, did not get the same clinical benefit.

Though studies show that the best way to get nutrients is through a healthy diet, the current study’s author Dr. Maurice W Dysken of Minneapolis Health Care System says, for Alzheimer’s patients vitamin E is considered like a medication than a supplement. The researchers used 2,000 IU whereas an average dose of vitamin E in supplements in generally around 400 IU.

 

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