Vitamins such as A, C and E are powerful antioxidants. Vitamin E has been studied as an antioxidant for years, but more recent research now points to the encouraging role that vitamin E may play to help reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s. Researchers at Columbia University have recognized that signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease worsen over time; however, these signs occurred later for patients given vitamin E. Columbia University’s Dr. Mary Sano emphasized that vitamin E delayed patient’s entry into nursing homes and slowed their loss of ability to care for themselves.
Vitamin E has long been recognized as a potent antioxidant, one that powerfully reduces oxidative damage to cells. Researchers believe that antioxidant activity helps reduce damage caused by free radicals. When an atom has at least one unpaired electron, it is considered a free radical. This free radical is considered radical because it is highly reactive and unstable. So this free radical tries to stabilize itself by naturally seeking to capture the needed electron. They attack the nearest stable molecule, snatch its electron, making it a free radical too, thus beginning a chain reaction, ultimately disrupting living cells and setting the stage for premature aging.
Considered the bad guy in the aging process, free radical damage has been shown to be neutralized by antioxidants—and research into the connection between Alzheimer’s and vitamin E points to the antioxidant activity helping to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s in some people. (Of course, doctors advise people to always consult with their physician.)
It’s wise to include fruits and vegetables as a healthy source of antioxidants. The top performers include: Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, artichoke hearts, beans and russet potatoes.
Including a quality antioxidant formula in your regular routine may help prevent or delay onset of Alzheimer’s disease in some people. A daily antioxidant formula that includes vitamin E can only add to your health and peace of mind—literally. The most devastating effect of Alzheimer’s disease is the loss of memory. When a person loses their memory, they lose their sense of identification, their sense of where—and even who—they belong to in the world. Staying informed and taking action to help protect yourself and those you love is your best remedy, and it helps take some of the fear out of hearing the word Alzheimer’s.