Wednesday, April 16, 2008

High Doses of vitamin E in Combination with a Cholinesterase Inhibitor Show a Decrease in Mortality

This study conflicts with recent studies that demonstrated increased mortality associated with high doses of vitamin E. In addition, some studies have demonstrated an increase in Lung Cancer associated with high doses of vitamin E.

This study was conducted over 15 years tracking survival rates among 847 men and women already diagnosed with various stages of Alzheimer's by Valory Pavlik of Baylor College of Medicine's Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center in Houston, Texas. Patients were prescribed two daily doses of 1000 IUs of vitamin E. The researchers found that patients who consumed the prescribed daily dosage of vitamin E appeared to extend their life span by 26 percent, compared with those not taking vitamin E. The study controlled for age, gender, years of education, race, ethnicity, co-morbidities and severity of dementia at the point of inclusion in the study.

These results would argue additional research is required.

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