How safe are vitamin E supplements for people with dementia?

Sarah N. Mourra, MD
Vitamin E has been found to be promising in slowing the decline of cognition in people with dementia. However, it carries the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) side effects, which may manifest as weight loss or decreased appetite. People with dementia can have more fatigue with vitamin E. Since it is a vitamin you wouldn’t think that it could be harmful. However, it definitely has effects, especially at very high levels. Nevertheless, there was a study on people who have dementia, which showed that vitamin E slows the decline, so the side effects need to be offset against the benefits.

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