Can taking vitamin E protect against Alzheimer's disease?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Because of its strong antioxidant effect, Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, may help fight the formation of plaque buildup seen in Alzheimer's patients. Nuts such as almonds and hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, and olive oil are all foods rich in Vitamin E.

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Sarine Salama on behalf of MDLIVE
Doctors sometimes prescribe vitamin E for the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. A large study showed that vitamin E slightly delayed the loss of ability to carry out ADL's and delayed placement of the person into a long term care facility. Always speak to your doctor before taking any form of supplements
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
People who consume the highest amount of vitamin E are 43 percent less likely to get Alzheimer's. You can get the vitamin E you need by eating just 3 ounces of nuts or seeds a day (about 15.5 milligrams), which is my preferred method. Alternatively, you can take a 400 IU (international unit) supplement daily if you take it with vitamin C and are not taking statin drugs like Lipitor.
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