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Pecans Rich In Vitamin E Provide Neurological Protection

June 8, 2010: 01:00 PM EST
Consuming a handful of pecans, which are a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin E, each day may delay the progression of age-related motor neuron degeneration, U.S. scientists have found in a mouse study. The research team studied mice bred to demonstrate severe decline in motor neuron function and are often used in studies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Each of three groups was fed a control diet or one of two diets containing different amounts of pecans. The mice that ate the diet with the most pecans (0.05%) fared best in measures of motor neuron function. Both pecan groups performed better than the control group. The researchers suggest that the vitamin E in pecans may be the key to the neurological protection provided.
Thomas B. Shea, Ph.D., "Pecans Provide Neurological Protection", News release, Center for Cellular Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts, June 08, 2010, via Newswise, © Center for Cellular Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts
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