Vitamin E: Anti-Aging Nutrients

Vitamin E can help anti-aging and fights internal aging damage, particularly in the brain. A report in the May 22, 2009 edition of “Scientific World Journal” explains that supplementing with vitamin E beginning in middle age, along with exercise, can help prevent the onset of cognitive decline and dementia associated with aging and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Multi Vitamin for Men ReviewVitamin E helps with your body’s immune functions and can help prevent or slow disease. It can also limit the effects of free-radicals through its antioxidant properties and increase blood flow, helping to refresh skin cells.

Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, helping to fight cellular aging and works in conjunction with vitamin C. When vitamin E is used with vitamin C, the aging benefits to skin are increased as the two help rebuild collagen. Vitamin C also helps revive damaged vitamin E.

Exercise speeds up metabolism which in turn beefs up the generation of free radicals. Consequently, the more one exercises, the greater the need for vitamin E. Because it’s fat soluble, vitamin E affords longer lasting protection for athletes as demonstrated among a group of professional basketball players. Twenty-four players were divided into two groups. One group received an antioxidant supplement containing vitamin E, and the other group were given a placebo. After one month of supplementation, the supplemented athletes had a 32 percent increase in vitamin E concentration, while the placebo group had a 7.3 percent reduction in vitamin E. Even “weekend warriors” can benefit from daily supplementation of 100 to 400 IU of vitamin E.

Vitamin E, more than any other vitamin, is associated with anti-aging and age-related conditions. As one ages, levels of vitamin E decline just as other antioxidant defenses break down. It comes as no surprise then, that aging conditions such as cognitive decline, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, cataract, and cancer may be reduced by supplementation with vitamin E.

A 7-year study of 2,889 patients at the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago showed that those who had high vitamin E intakes from diet and supplements had 36 percent less decline in cognitive function than those whose vitamin E intake was low.

In the double-blind Cambridge Heart Antioxidant Study over 2,000 patients with coronary artery disease received a placebo pill or 400 IU or 800 IU of vitamin E daily. Truly remarkable results showed those who took either dose of the vitamin E reduced their risk of nonfatal heart attack by 77% over one year compared to the placebo group.

Because antioxidants need to recharge and support each other, always take vitamin E with other antioxidants.

 

 

Low levels of vitamin D are associated with cognitive decline

New studies show low vitamin D levels may link to cognitive decline.

Think of the health benefits of vitamin D, and you’ll probably think of bone strength. In recent years, however, the evidence that vitamin D affects more than just bones has mounted; cardiovascular disease, cancers, stroke, depression, and metabolic disorders have all been linked to low vitamin D levels. A new review adds cognitive decline and dementia to that list.

Multivitamin for Men ReviewVitamin D insufficiency has been associated with a variety of clinical disorders and chronic diseases, including impaired balance, decreased muscle strength, mood and cognitive dysfunction, autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes (types 1 and 2), and certain forms of cancer.

This goes way beyond preventing rickets! It even goes beyond vitamin D as an immune stimulator.

The authors of a new review assessed 37 studies that evaluated vitamin D concentrations and cognitive function. The studies included various populations and age groups, but most included both men and women over 65 years of age. As part of the review, the authors conducted two meta-analyses: one to compare the mean vitamin D concentration between participants with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and controls and one to compare mean mental status scores between participants with low vitamin D levels and those with higher levels.

The authors report that participants with Alzheimer’s had significantly lower vitamin D concentrations and that mental status scores were higher among participants with higher vitamin D levels. Many factors affect vitamin D concentrations: skin pigmentation, age, genetics, sun exposure, geographic location of the participants, and time of year. Also, cognitive decline and aging may affect vitamin D levels through dietary and behavioral changes. In the brain, vitamin D has protective functions by regulating genes, directing nerve growth factor, controlling neurotransmitters, and clearing amyloid plaques (a hallmark of Alzheimer’s).

A British study, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference in Honolulu (July 2010) showed that older men and women with low levels of vitamin D are nearly four times as likely to have problems with their memory, attention and logic.

A related report, also published July 2010 by some of the same researchers, in the Archives of Internal Medicine had similar results. It reported that older men and women with low levels of vitamin D don’t do as well on tests of reasoning, learning and memory as those with higher levels.

Participants completed interviews about their health history, had medical examinations, provided blood samples and took tests measuring thinking skills at the start of the study and again after three years and six years.

The analysis reveals that compared with participants who had sufficient vitamin D levels, those who were severely deficient experienced a substantial decline in thinking and in executive function—the ability to organize thoughts, make decisions and plan ahead.

Currently, in the United States, 15 mcg of vitamin D daily is recommended for most children and adults. Vitamin D is available in few foods and supplements are available. A fat soluble vitamin, vitamin D is relatively safe, even at high doses, but muscle pain and gastrointestinal upset can result from supplementation. There is no conclusive amount of vitamin D that protects brain heath.

The review, published in the journal Neurology, does not provide new information regarding brain health and vitamin D, but it does provide a comprehensive collection of evidence that vitamin D is, at the very least, associated with a healthy brain. Interventional studies are needed to determine just how much vitamin D guarantees a better brain.

And in case you are wondering: the authors say that the link between vitamin D deficiency and cognitive decline persisted even after adjusting for diet, health and other factors!

Do you know that Multivitamin for men gives you much of what you need in a day, including vitamins D?

Better get some Multivitamin for men and start taking it, before you forget why you should!