high in vitamin E may help slow decline in mental functioning
among seniors as well as reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease,
according to researchers in Chicago.
E intake, from foods or supplements, is associated with less
cognitive decline with age," the researchers reported
in the Archives of Neurology.
team reported earlier that a diet high in vitamin E foods
may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease by nearly 70 percent
(see earlier Alzheimer Week story).
latest report, the researchers said they studied 2,889 men
and women aged 65 to 102, who were given an initial battery
of mental function tests and followed for an average of 3
to the findings, the group who had the highest intake of vitamin
E had a 36 percent lower decline in mental function than those
whose intake of vitamin E foods and supplements was the lowest.
the researchers reported that vitamin E supplements appeared
to help those who did not take sufficient vitamin E from foods
in their diet, they said supplements might not be helpful
for those otherwise getting enough vitamin E.
reported they found "little evidence" in their study
that either vitamin C or caratone intake help with mental
of July 21, 2002