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    Vitamin E Might Slow Alzheimer's Disease

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    According to a study from researchers at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, taking vitamin E might be able slow down mild cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

    According to a study from researchers at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, taking vitamin E might be able to slow down mild cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

    This is the first study to find a treatment that could change the progression of dementia at later stages.

    The study involved 613 elderly war veterans, who were separated into four groups.

    Some were given high doses of vitamin E, which allowed them to participate in daily life skills like cooking food, dressing themselves and having a conversation for 19 percent longer on average than subjects in the other control groups who were either given a placebo, a pill of the dementia medication called memantine, or both vitamin E and memantine.

    Lead author of thee study, Doctor Maurice W. Dysken, is quoted as saying: “For people who are in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease, I think any delay in the rate of progression is meaningful and important.”

    There are some potential dangers to treating Alzheimer’s with vitamin E, because it might interfere with other medications like blood thinners, or cholesterol drugs that are prescribed to senior citizens.