A recent Swedish study has found that vitamin E may be an effective deterrent against Alzheimer’s. The study, which was published in July of 2010, found that individuals of advanced age who had high levels of vitamin E components in their blood had a reduced risk of the disease. The study then suggested that Vitamin E may serve as prevention against Alzheimer’s; a disease that causes a deterioration of cognitive abilities, especially persons of advanced age.
Dr. Francesca Mangialasche, the head of the study, noted that prior to their findings, most studies looking for links between Alzheimer’s and Vitamin E only focused one component of the Vitamin, ±-tocopherol. Where, in fact, Vitamin E is composed of at least 8 components. So, instead of focusing on one singular component, this recent study speculated that, in fact, all eight components, or the entire vitamin as a whole, were in important in fighting the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
In the study, the blood levels of participating individuals were measured, and the levels of all eight components of Vitamin E were noted. Participants with high levels were compared to those who had lower levels, looking for a difference in the rate of development of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In the end, the study found that those who had high levels of Vitamin E components in their blood were less at risk when compared to those with low levels. Depending on the level of Vitamin E in the blood, the difference in risk was somewhere around fifty percent.
While the study still needs to be confirmed, Dr Mangialasche notes that that the study opens up the possibility that the presence of different vitamin E forms can have an important “neuroprotective effect." The results propose a profound effect over the population. With most cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s occurring in person over the age seventy five, the study found that Vitamin E can be effective as a preventative in person’s eighty and over.