Naturally occurring vitamin E exists in eight chemical forms that have varying levels of biological activity. Tocopherol is the only form that is recognized to meet human requirements.
The theory in this study is the use of Vitamin E , at very high doses, could protect or slow the brain cell death that is associated with Alzheimer's disease .
Use of Vitamin E By Patients With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer Disease Slows Functional Decline
The study appeared in the January 1 issue of JAMA .
“In the current study, the placebo group lost approximately 3 units more on the ADCS-ADL Inventory than the alpha tocopherol group. A loss of this magnitude could translate into either the complete loss of being able to dress or bath independently, for example, or losing independence on any 3 different ADLs. Because vitamin E is inexpensive, it is likely these benefits are cost-effective as alpha tocopherol improves functional outcomes and decreases caregiver burden.”doi:10.l001/jama.2013.282834 To learn more about Alzheimer's and dementia visit the Alzheimer's Reading Room