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    Jan 02, 2014

    Vitamin E found to slow mild Alzheimer's


    VITAMIN E can help slow the effects of mild to moderate forms of Alzheimer's disease, a finding doctors should consider for treating patients, researchers said.

    Patients given high doses of vitamin E for about two years delayed progression of the degenerative brain disease by about 6.2 months, compared with those given a placebo, according to a study published in the Journal Of The American Medical Association.

    Doctors may want to discuss vitamin E as an option in early-stage Alzheimer's treatments, the researchers said.

    Vitamin E acts like an antioxidant, which may prevent or delay cell damage, and boost the immune system.

    The new study builds on findings that showed vitamin E seemed to slow disease progression in patients with moderately severe Alzheimer's and is the first to show it may help stall functional decline in those with milder forms, said Dr Maurice Dysken, the lead author.

    "A delay of six months over two years, that's very meaningful to some patients and caregivers," Dr Dysken, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, said.

    He added that his study did not address whether vitamin E will prevent Alzheimer's disease in people who don't have the diagnosis.