Vitamin E, if used in conjunction with other drugs that have anti-inflammatory properties, may help slow the mental and physical decline in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.
In an initiative sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, a report was carried out to look into 540 patients treated at the Massachusetts General Hospital Memory Disorders Unit for the neurodegenerative condition.
Each patient received the regular treatment, with a further 208 patients taking vitamin E without the anti-inflammatory drug and another 177 taking the combination of the two.
While a modest decline in abilities was recorded by those taking only vitamin E over the course of three years, a much better effect was achieved through the medicinal combination put forward by the research group.
A major NHS investment through the King's Fund aims to develop such research, with the charity aiming to improve the living conditions of dementia sufferers and their carers or families.
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