Note the word ‘may’ in the title, and the reason I emphasise this is because of the potential role Vitamin E might have in slowing the decline seen in Dementia patients. Although the actual benefit of Vitamin E in Dementia is so far inconclusive, studies such as a recent one published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) are showing lots of promise!
613 subjects (people) with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease were given high doses of Vitamin E during the study. The study lasted for around 2 years, with those subjects receiving Vitamin E exhibiting a slower rate of decline compared to those who were not. Vitamin E seemed to reduce the annual rate of decline seen in Dementia patients by 19%, with those consuming Vitamin E also requiring less help from carers.
BBC News Health, (2013). Vitamin E ‘beneficial’ in dementia. Retrieved 2nd January, 2013, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25552768