High Levels of Vitamin E Shown to Reduce Alzheimerâ€™s Risk
Alzheimerâ€™s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for more than 60% of late life cognitive function disorders. According to numerous experts, rates of this debilitating disease are expected to increase dramatically over the next decade.
For this reason, a number of researchers have been conducting studies to find more ways to reduce the risk of Alzheimerâ€™s through changing dietary and lifestyle patterns.
One such study was recently published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Alzheimerâ€™s Disease.
For the study, researchers with the Sweden Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics recruited 232 individuals over 80 years of age with no signs of dementia.
The participants were followed for 6 years and during that time were given frequent tests in order to detect dementia and Alzheimerâ€™s. The researchers also measured plasma levels of 8 different forms of vitamin E at the beginning of the trial and at the end of the trial.
By the end of the six year study the researchers observed a significant reduction in the risk of developing Alzheimerâ€™s among participants with the highest levels of vitamin E. Researchers attribute these results to the vitaminâ€™s strong antioxidant properties, which help prevent oxidative damage to brain cells.
Vitamin E can be found in a number of foods, but only in small quantities. For this reason, many people do not get enough vitamin E daily and could benefit from a supplement. The best supplements have vitamin E in the natural form (the synthetic version is about half as effective) and liquid supplements are usually best.
Other than Vitamin E, there are a number of ways to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimerâ€™s including:
â€¢ Eating a brain-healthy diet such as foods high in omega-3 fatty acids.
â€¢ Keeping your mind active by attending social events or solving puzzles.
â€¢ Sleeping regularly and restfully
â€¢ Learning to relax
â€¢ Doing moderate intensity exercises like walking, biking or yoga 3 times a week