Vitamin E useful for Alzheimer's

by Medindia Content Team on  February 20, 2002 at 5:32 PM General Health News
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Vitamin E useful for Alzheimer's
Vitamin E taken daily could protect the brain and prevent the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer's, a study suggests. Scientists in Japan discovered it is possible to reverse a degenerative brain disease simply by taking vitamin E.

They say the supplement is a powerful antidote to the oxidative stress linked to brain disorders such as Alzheimer's. Taking vitamin supplements could help prevent such diseases, the researchers state. Antioxidants such as vitamin E redeem free radicals and counterbalance the damage they cause.

The study has been carried out on mice with stupenduous potential.Oxidative stress is caused by the toxic effect of highly reactive oxygen molecules, called free radicals, which damage cells and DNA. Growing evidence shows it may be responsible for certain progressive neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease.

Dr Richard Harvey, director of research for the UK's Alzheimer's Society said: "This new research, although animal based, suggests that vitamin E supplements can prevent and even reverse early neurodegenerative changes that would ultimately lead to Alzheimer's disease.

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