Vitamin E deficiency slashes body’s ability to maintain the brain

VitaminEScientists from Oregon State University in Corvallis have demonstrated that vitamin E helps maintain levels of DHA (a component of cell membrane) in the brain.

The scientists report that zebrafish fed a diet without vitamin E for nine months had about 30% less of certain types of DHA.

“This research showed that vitamin E is needed to prevent a dramatic loss of a critically important molecule in the brain, and helps explain why vitamin E is needed for brain health,” stated lead researcher Dr. Maret Traber in an article on the university’s website.

The study results, which were published in the Journal of Lipid Research, also indicated that the fish which were deficient in vitamin E had lower levels of lysophospholipids—compounds that join with vitamin E to carry DHA to the brain.

“In a sense, if vitamin E is inadequate, we’re cutting by more than half the amount of materials with which we can build and maintain the brain,” said Dr. Traber.

This latest study adds to a growing body of science supporting the overall potential brain health benefits of vitamin E.

Ironically, this essential vitamin has been overlooked by the medical community for the past 50 years while “nutritional industy” assertions of vitamin E health and healing powers were treated like snake-oil claims.

Once again we’re glad to see the medical industry finally recognizing the benefits of maintaining optimal levels of specific vitamins.

Read the study details in the Journal of Lipid Research here.

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