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Vitamin E and D Supplements Hinder Alzheimer’s and Falls Among Elderly: Healthy Additives for Seniors

Two common vitamins are making headlines in medical research. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that supplementation with vitamin E may reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The five-year study followed 561 Alzheimer’s patients and included a placebo and the pharmaceutical drug memantine. Those that took vitamin E had a reduced progression of the disease compared to both a placebo group and the memantine group.

Also, researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of falling for elderly folks. The study had a vitamin D supplement or a placebo delivered through a Meals-on-Wheels program to 68 people. The subjects were given blood tests and their history of falls was measured. Diaries revealed that the individuals taking vitamin D supplements fell less than half the number of times than the placebo group.

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