Thursday, 20 March 2014

Vitamin E: A Possible Cure for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease is a debilitating disorder that slowly robs a person of their memories and their ability to live normal and productive lives. While it isn't known exactly what triggers the disease, its gradual progression gives patients and their doctors the ability to do what they can to slow it down. There is no cure for Alzheimer's but one study shows that Vitamin E may provide substantial benefits in controlling the speed with which it advances.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published the results of a study performed by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs that gave positive proof that Vitamin E can slow the progression of the disorder. Since no cure is readily available, halting the progression of the symptoms is the only way to provide individuals with the disorder a chance to live a normal life for as long as possible.

The study showed that seniors who were given relatively high doses of Vitamin E on a regular basis experienced the following benefits:

  • Needed less help getting dressed
  • Better able to prepare meals
  • Could carry on conversations for longer periods of time
  • Improved their ability to perform day to day tasks associated with general living

Vitamin E can be given in liquid form. Many seniors, especially those with issues associated with digestion and swallowing, will benefit more from liquid supplements than pills or capsules. Liquid supplements are much easier for the body to break down and absorb. They can be mixed into beverages and included with meals to create a complete nutritional program.