Vitamin E slows decline in Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published the Journal of the American Medical Association. This new study builds upon previous research that shows the role of vitamin E in our brain health as we age. Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s were given either a prescription medication or vitamin E for 5 years. Those receiving the vitamin E had a slower functional decline and required less time from their caregivers. Vitamin E actually includes eight various subtypes. There are four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. In some studies, they only use one form. This doesn’t give us an accurate picture of what vitamin E may be able to do. Taking only one form, typically alpha-tocopherol, can deplete the other seven. They are all unique and we need all eight forms.
If you’re looking to start taking vitamin E, look for one that includes all eight forms. They are usually called “Gamma Vitamin E” or “High Gamma E”.