Daily Vitamin E supplements could help to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in JAMA . 613 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease received either a high daily dose of Vitamin E, memantine (a dementia drug treatment), a vitamin Ememantine combination or placebo and had their progress monitored for more than two years.
The researchers found that those who took Vitamin E only were able to continue carrying out everyday tasks for longer than those receiving placebo, with the annual rate of decline reduced by 19 per cent. No significant effect was seen in the group taking Vitamin E plus memantine, compared with placebo – a result that researchers were unable to explain. There was also no effect with memantine alone.
Dr Doug Brown, director of research and development at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Treatments which can help people with dementia carry out everyday tasks are key to enabling those with the condition to live well for as long as possible,” but urged people to consult their healthcare professional before taking supplements.