Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vitamin E May Be the Key to Staving off Dementia

Source: Natural Products Insider (Summary by NIM)

With all this hype over vitamin D in the past few years, it seems that some other vitamins are getting left behind in the dust when it comes to research. Not so any more, with new research highlighting the benefits of vitamin E for your mental health!

Vitamin E used to be linked mainly to skin health and is touted as an anti-aging supplement, as it is a powerful antioxidant. This fact also makes it an important factor in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. But thanks to new research, we can add brain health to that long list of health benefits.

In a new study published in the journal Archives of Neurology, it was found that over the long term, individuals who had higher intakes of dietary (not supplemental) vitamin E showed fewer signs of dementia and had an average of 25% lower risk of Alzheimer's disease.

So load up on those green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and Swiss chard, as well as sunflower seeds, wheat germ and vegetable oils (soybean, corn, safflower, and cottonseed- in moderation, of course!) for the biggest boost to your brain (and overall) health!

Find out more by reading the article called "Dietary Vitamin E Fights Dementia" from Natural Products Insider (July 13, 2010).