Vitamin E slows Alzheimer's symptoms, VA study shows

  • Article by: Dan Browning , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 12:06 PM

A Minnesota researcher has found that vitamin E in large doses can significantly slow the progression of life-altering symptoms during the mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease — a finding that could lead to savings of untold millions of dollars in caregiving costs.

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nessmessDec. 31, 13 3:14 PM

But, but, but...... didn't a study come out a week or so ago.... That said that vitamin supplements don't do any good and could cause harm??? Those supposed scientists (against vitamin supplemets) are a "REAL" piece of work.... NWO frauds!!!

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sausageDec. 31, 13 4:14 PM

Slow down and do not jump on the bandwagon! This study is a little weak. Its is not well defined and the outcome is really shaky. Perhaps it needs a lot more examination before you tell doctors to start using E as therapy. Mega doses of E can do harm. We went through the same thing with C. Slow down!

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georgina17Dec. 31, 13 4:23 PM

Last week's study found no preventive benefit of the vitamin supplements tested. This study did not find preventive benefit because it didn't include people without diagnosis. No conflict. (I do agree that we know so little about impact of foods, supplements, and drugs that it is painful to read these headlines all the time.)

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magiclabDec. 31, 13 4:24 PM

How is it possible to write this article and not include food sources of vitamin E???

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turgidDec. 31, 13 5:22 PM

Drug companies will "release the hounds" and discredit this study by February. In related news - a new expensive drug will be announced next year eerily similar to Vitamin E but with an extra molecule attached to it. Hailed as a breakthrough of modern science, insurance companies will be forced to cover the exorbitant costs. Fox News declares the ACA is to blame for the high price. And so it goes...

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DufferHDec. 31, 13 9:55 PM

My wife died from early-onset Alzheimer's several months ago. This type of story absolutely drives me up the wall. All they do is give people false hope. Everything from Vitamin E to herbs to crossword puzzles have been put forth as a cure or palliative for the insidious disease. Maybe a preventative or cure is around the corner, but how about holding up on these pronouncements until it's an actuality. Reports in a medical journal mean little more than diddly squat to the medically uninformed reader.

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Diogenes9Dec. 31, 1311:56 PM

Alzheimer's can only be diagnosed accurately by brain pathology. There are several other types of dementia with a more mild course. Did this study wait for all of their enrollees to die and have their brains' examined before making the pronouncement about "Alzheimer's?" I doubt it.

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melonicityJan. 1, 14 1:20 AM

i didnt notice a specification between synthetic vit E or natural vit E...i have yet to see an american study on vit E segregate the test into synthetic and natural. other countries have found natural vit E to have health benefits and synthetic to have negative effects. natural and sythetic vit E are not the same, synthetic is made from petroleum based products not food. natural is made from plants.

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elcid1Jan. 1, 14 5:55 AM

That's good to know about Vitamin E! I've been taking a cocktail of supplements, including E, for over 25 years now and I feel great!

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barbjensJan. 1, 14 7:17 AM

I worked for a company that made Vitamin E in 1981 and they gave us free vitamin E. That and what I learned about the benefits of that vitamin got me started and have been taking if ever since. In spite of the claim at one time that it was going to harm people, I feel fine.

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