(SCIENCE RECORDER) — According to a new release from the JAMA Network Journals, vitamin E may help Alzheimer’s patients. Researchers discovered that a daily dosage of 2,000 IUs of vitamin E for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease slowed functional decline and lowered caregiver time in helping patients.
Alpha tocopherol, a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant, has not been examined in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease . In patients with moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease, vitamin E was revealed to be effective in abating clinical progression. In addition, the drug memantine has been revealed to be effective in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and moderately severe dementia.
Researchers studied the effectiveness and safety of vitamin E, memantine, and the combo for dealing with functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease who were taking a chemical that raises the level and duration of action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Participants were given either 2,000 IU/day of vitamin E, 20 mg/d of memantine, the combo or placebo.
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