Vitamin E might limit Alzheimer’s decline

Trial in elderly veterans shows promise for those in early stages

By Nathan Seppa, 13:17 PM January 2, 2014

The sagging reputation of vitamin E as a disease fighter could be on the upswing. The antioxidant, which has shown inconsistent results in studies, can slow functional decline in elderly people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Patients randomly assigned to get the vitamin in high daily doses didn’t lose their ability to carry out basic daily activities as rapidly as those getting a placebo, researchers report in the Jan. 1 JAMA.

“This shows a modest but potentia...

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