Alzheimer's Disease slowed with vitamin E and C nutritional supplements, say researchers

Alzheimer's Disease slowed with vitamin E and C nutritional supplements, say researchers

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Alzheimer''s Disease slowed with vitamin E and C nutritional supplements, say researchers

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News summary:
Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/01/040120034901.htm
  • Antioxidant vitamin supplements, particularly vitamins E and C, may protect the aging brain against damage associated with the pathological changes of Alzheimer''s disease, according to a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other institutions.
  • The researchers believe antioxidant vitamin supplements may be an ideal prevention strategy for our aging population as they are relatively nontoxic and are thought to have wide-ranging health benefits.
  • The study, "Reduced Risk of Alzheimer''s Disease in Users of Antioxidant Vitamin Supplements" is published in the January 2004, issue of the journal Archives of Neurology.
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  • The researchers found a trend towards reduced Alzheimer''s disease with a combination of vitamin E and C supplements, even after controlling for age, sex, education and general health.
  • However, there was no notable reduction in the risk of Alzheimer''s disease with vitamin E or vitamin C alone or with multivitamins.
  • Multivitamins typically contain the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E (22 IU or 15 mg) and vitamin C (75-90 mg), while individual supplements contain doses up to 1,000 IU of vitamin E and 500-1,000 mg or more of vitamin C.

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