Vitamin E may not preserve thinking abilities in Alzheimer’s patients, but recent trials involving more than 600 older veterans show that it can significantly slow the progression of mild cases of the disease, by as much as 6 months to 2 years, according to Dr. Maurice Dysken of the VA Health care System on Minneapolis.
While the supplement did not improve the condition of those taking other Alzheimer’s medication, Vitamin E used alone did allow suffers to manage on their own without assistance from caregivers by approximately 2 hours each day.
“It’s not a miracle, or obviously a cure, but it can enable patients to continue to hold conversations, feed and bathe themselves, as well as get dressed without help longer. For many, this can mean the difference in being able to live independently, rather than be forced to go to nursing homes,” he stated.
However, while many medical experts are encouraged by the results of the VA study, a number of doctors are warning the public not to rush out and buy Vitamin E, noting that it did nothing to prevent healthy people from developing the dreaded disease, and “might even prove harmful to some.”