An increased intake of vitamin E supplements may improve the survival
of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, researchers report.
«Vitamin E has previously been shown to delay the progression of
moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease. Now, we’ve been able to show that
vitamin E appears to increase the survival time of Alzheimer’s patients
as well,» said lead author Valory Pavlik, PhD., from Baylor College of
Medicine Dr. Pavlik indicated that the results of the study, a long-term
follow-up of an Alzheimer’s disease patient cohort, are in-line with a
randomised, placebo-controlled trial reported in the New England Journal
of Medicine (1997, Vol. 336, pp. 1216-22), which showed a beneficial
effect of vitamin E (2000 IU total per day) in Alzheimer patients. The
researchers acknowledge financial support from various including the
National Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institutes of Health, and
the Mitchell Foundation.