Vitamins 'Can Help Brain Power in Old Age and Lessen Stroke Effects'

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Vitamins 'Can Help Brain Power in Old Age and Lessen Stroke Effects'


Byline: BEEZY MARSH

A REGULAR dose of vitamin supplements could boost brain power and help to prevent dementia in old age, a study has found.

Antioxidant vitamins, such as C and E, 'mop up' harmful free radicals in the blood and can also lessen brain damage caused by strokes, it says.

Researchers at the University of Hawaii studied 3,385 Japanese-American men, aged 71 to 93.

They were questioned in 1982 and again in 1988 about whether they took vitamins C and E and then tested in the early Nineties for mental functions.

The results, published in the American Academy of Neurology's journal, showed that 47 men had Alzheimer's disease, 35 had vascular dementia - caused by a series of mini-strokes and bringing paralysis and impaired speech, sight and thought - and 50 had other forms of dementia.

Those taking the vitamins at least weekly in 1988, were 88 percent less likely to develop vascular dementia later. But the supplements did not protect against other conditions, or Alzheimer's.

Of participants who had no dementia, those who had taken the vitamins in 1988 stood about a 20 per cent greater chance of retaining better mental skills, and those who had already been taking them in 1982 had up to a 75 per cent better chance. …

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