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Vitamin E Components Have “Protective Effect” Against Alzheimer’s In The Elderly

July 5, 2010: 01:14 PM EST
A Swedish study has determined that high levels of all eight components of vitamin E in the blood are linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease in the elderly, possibly because vitamin E helps forestall cognitive deterioration. The 232 participants in the study were all 80 years old or older and dementia-free at the start of the study. Vitamin E component levels were measured at the start. Six years later, scientists identified 57 Alzheimer’s cases. Participants with more of all the vitamin E components in their blood had a 45-54 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, depending on the vitamin E component. The researchers said the study suggests a “protective effect of vitamin E against Alzheimer’s in individuals aged 80+."
Francesca Mangialasche, Miia Kivipelto, et al., "High plasma levels of vitamin E forms and reduced Alzheimer's disease risk in advanced age", Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, July 05, 2010, © IOS Press
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