A new study has revealed some promising results of Alzheimer's sufferers.
A new study has revealed some promising results for Alzheimer's sufferers.
It's shown that taking vitamin E can delay the onset of the disease.
A study of more than 600 elderly people showed that high doses of vitamin E helped with basic skills such as making meals, getting dressed and holding a conversation.
It was also found to slow the onset of Alzheimer's by about six months over a 2-year period.
Professor Kerryn Phelps joins us to discuss the findings.
Kerryn, while this isn't a cure, it does sound positive for Alzheimer's sufferers.
I think it's very encouraging.
This is a study from the US of veterans, mostly males and they had mild to moderate dementia.
What for Alzheimer's sufferers.
they found was taking a high dose, pharmaceutical levels of vitamin E, and this was at a dose of 2000 interest notice units, so quite a high level, slowed the progression of the disease that had already begun.
It didn't prevent disease that hadn't begun.
It didn't have an effect in people with more severe disease but certainly in this particular population, it helped people stay independent for longer.
It worked far better than the pharmaceutical preparations that it was trialled against.
Tell us about fight Victorian E, is this one of many benefits from taking vitamin E.
It's like for example, vitamin A and C.
You can get get it from the diet.
It's found in Greenleafy Reg Talibans and nuts.
But you can't get that level of vitamin E from the diet.
So really the vitamin E in this study is being used as a pharmaceutical grade preparation.
A lot of people who are watching and may have a family history of Alzheimer's, will be thinking, gee, should I get on to the vitamin E now as a precautionary measure?
Would you advise that?
, this is not a study that has shown that if you take vitamin E as a preventative, that it will work.
For people who already have established Alzheimer's disease, that vitamin E will help as a treatment.
It won't stop the proceed a treatment.
It won't stop the progression.
It won't prevent the disease at this stage that we know.
I think what is very important for people who have a history of Alzheimer's or dementia, is to take a whole of life approach and make sure that your diet does include these anti-oxidant caning foods.
You do include things like cherries and blueberries.
There are other supplements you can use.
Fish in the diet, very important.
And there are herbs and supplements that have been shown to be very effective in helping to slow the disease.
Vitamin E was only used as a single substance or with a pharmaceutical Alzheimer's disease.
There are still other combination that haven't been trialled.
So I thinks this is a really good idea for the if you.
I was also reading over my Christmas break, that the keeping fit, regular exercise helps manage the on set of dementia andalSymesers as ale WI think it's very important for people to protect their brains for the really whole of life.
Never smoking and if you do smoke, great day for a new year's resolution.
Not to drink alcohol at all if you've been digged with dementia and to keep it at a bear minimum.
Not to over do it certainly.
They will think, rounded nutrition diet.
I mentioned fruits, vegetable, oily fish, all very important parts of a comprehensive pathway to