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Vitamin E Supplements Give Same Protection as Foods
Los Angeles CA, 23 August 2002

New tests show that people who take Vitamin E supplements -- and don't get much Vitamin E from food intake -- appear to receive the same protective effect of Vitamin E as persons who consume large amounts of the vitamin from their diet.

The Los Angeles Times, reporting on recent studies showing that Vitamin E can help reduce memory loss and impaired thinking in the elderly, notes that Vitamin E has long been cited for its anti-aging and anti-cancer benefits.

Now clinical trials are underway to compare just how much protection from "cognitive decline" elderly patients can get from Vitamin E supplements, compared to placebos, writer Dianne Partie Lange reported in the Los Angeles Times.

Recent tests conducted in Chicago that found Vitamin E helps fight memory loss were based on information from dietary questionnaires, Lange said, and now clinical trials are expected to provide additional data.

In Chicago, Professor Martha Clare Morris and other researchers at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging used the data from the questionnaires to determine Vitamin E intake. By comparing the average scores of four different tests of memory and perception, the Los Angeles Times said, researchers were able to track change in cognitive function with age. The study found that the higher the intake of total Vitamin E, the less change there was in the people's average tests scores each year. Most test patients took Vitamin E supplements of 400 international units daily.

Previously, numerous health authorities have recommended use of Vitamin E supplements, made in their natural form from soybeans, because of the difficulty of receiving sufficient Vitamin E intake from dietary sources.

Professor Morris' Chicago study was first reported in the Archives of Neurology and has been cited by the Washington Post and other publications.


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