New Research Links Vitamins D & E to Brain Health

By: Taylor Moore

Vitamins D and E are great for many things – healthy bones, immune regulator, healthy body weight, skin, heart and eye health, to name a few. Researchers in Europe are theorizing that the extent these vitamins have on brain health.

Two separate studies, one from the Netherlands and another from the United Kingdom, are postulating that increased levels of vitamins D and E can slow cognitive decline.

In the first study, researchers out of Rotterdam in the Netherlands studied and found that people who consumed the large doses vitamin E “were 25 percent less likely to develop dementia than people with the lowest average intakes”.

Dementia is the progressive deterioration in cognitive function, or the ability to process thought. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

The second study, out of the University of Exeter in England, found that “insufficient levels of vitamin D may accelerate” cognitive decline. The scientists analyzed vitamin D levels from blood samples of more than 850 seniors (ages 65+) and found severe vitamin D deficiency to be “associated with a 60-percent increase in the risk of substantial cognitive decline.”

According to the authors, if future prospective studies and randomized controlled trials confirm that vitamin D deficiency is causally related to cognitive decline, it would open up important new possibilities for treatment and prevention.

Not only are the potential health benefits staggering, but the financial benefits are equally astonishing. According to reports, the direct and indirect cost of Alzheimer’s care in the United States is over $100 billion.

 

 

Resources:

Vitamins D & E show brain benefits
http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Vitamins-D-E-show-brain-benefits