Since dementia is a disease that affects so many people researchers are always keen to find a cure or new ways to slow the progression of it. A study led by Dr.Maurice Dysken of Minneapolis VA Health Care System was recently published in JAMA. The study claimed vitamin E could slow the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
613 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s were involved in the research; they took vitamin E, Memantine (a dementia drug), Memantine and vitamin E or a placebo. An assessment of the participant’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, such as getting dressed, was conducted over 2 years.
The results showed that those who had been taking vitamin E had experience less cognitive decline than those on a placebo. Furthermore they were more able to complete daily tasks and needed on average 2 hours less care. Dr. Doug Brown, director of research and development at the Alzheimer’s society said “treatments that aid the ability to perform everyday tasks are key to enabling those with dementia live well for as long as possible”.
Having said this many medics have stated that the vitamin E dosage given to the participants was very high (higher than the recommended daily intake) and could be harmful to people’s health especially if taken on a long term basis.
We must highlight that vitamin E is not a cure for dementia nor is it a method for prevention, as other studies have found that taking it did not prevent people developing Alzheimer’s. Additionally we do not advise that you take more than the daily recommended intake of vitamin E which is 4mg for men and 3mg for women (as stated by the NHS).