Study links memory and Vitamin E
New medical research shows a connection between poor memory and low blood levels of vitamin E in an elderly population. Published last week in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the study also showed that people who eat poorly or skip meals also have greater memory loss than those who eat regularly and well.
Making changes in your diet may be a good way to limit memory problems, according to the researchers at the Indiana University Center for Ageing Research. The study looked at the relationship between blood levels of antioxidants (including vitamins A, C and E, and selenium) and memory in a multi-ethnic population of senior citizens.
Antioxidants have been shown to protect against cell damage from “free radicals”, which are produced as part of the body’s normal metabolic process. The study examined 4,809 people aged 60 or older between 1988 and 1994. Researchers conducted two simple memory tests and blood tests, and gathered information on the subjects’ backgrounds.