~ Vitamin E Reduces Memory Loss

Large Study Shows Vitamin E from Supplements or Foods Reduces Memory Loss

A study of 2,889 individuals, published in the July 2002 Archives of Neurology, a publication of the American Medical Association, has found a relationship between vitamin E levels and a reduction in the memory loss and diminished learning ability that occurs with aging. The study was conducted by researchers at Chicago's Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center from September of 1993 to November of 2000, with an average 3.2 year follow-up period.

Participants consisted of healthy men and women between the ages of 65 and 102. The subjects were asked to complete food frequency questionnaires, and intake levels of vitamin E, vitamin C and carotene were assessed. Those who consumed the most vitamin E (258 milligrams per day) showed 36 percent less memory loss on a series of tests given at enrollment and at three years than participants who consumed the least amount of the vitamin (4.5 milligrams per day). The other vitamins did not appear to have an effect on memory in this study.

The authors concluded that, "Vitamin E intake, from foods or supplements, is associated with less cognitive decline with age." On the basis of this and previous studies, an article in the Washington Post has recommend that, "people over 65 may wish to consult their physician to make sure they are getting atleast the recommended amounts of Vitamin E through diets or supplements."

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