Antioxidants from Food Sources May Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease
VA, 26 June 2002
foods with vitamin E, like whole grains, peanuts, nuts, peanut butter,
vegetable oils, and seeds, can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's,
according to two break-through studies just published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association. The same benefits did not
hold true for vitamin E from supplements, making the case for getting
antioxidants from a healthy diet, instead of a bottle of pills.
first study comes from the Netherlands and looked at the diets of
over 5,000 adults. The researchers saw an association between consumption
of whole foods containing the antioxidants vitamin E and vitamin
C and decreased risk of Alzheimer's. This was especially true for
current smokers, who are at increased risk of developing the disease.
second study, from the United States, was smaller (815 participants)
and found an association only between decreased risk of Alzheimer
disease and diets higher in vitamin E. In this study, the group
with the highest dietary intake of vitamin E had a 67% decreased
risk of developing Alzheimer's compared to the group with the lowest
intake of vitamin E.
findings add to the evidence for consuming antioxidant-rich foods
to ward off chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease, based
on the theory that antioxidants protect against free radicals that
can damage cells.
E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that some fat is needed
to maximize absorption of this important nutrient. Look for vitamin
E in foods that contain healthy unsaturated fat, like peanuts and
peanut butter -- some of America's favorite foods.
Peanut Institute is a non-profit organization that supports nutrition
research and develops educational programs to encourage healthful
Peanut Institute, via PR Newswire, 26 June 2002.