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Vitamin E protects the brain
The brain is made of grey and white matter, which store and retrieve information, respectively. Lesions, or damage, in white matter can slow or halt information retrieval, and can be a sign of more serious conditions including decreased brain volume, memory and vision loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. In this study, 88 volunteers with white matter lesions and higher chances of cardiovascular problems took 200 mg of mixed vitamin E tocotrienols twice per day or a placebo. After two years, the placebo group had a larger area of white matter with lesions while lesions in the vitamin E group remained stable. Discussing their findings, doctors said this is the first clinical trial to show vitamin E tocotrienols slow progress of white brain matter lesions, and that vitamin E may help minimize injury to brain tissue in those who have a stroke.

Reference: Stroke 2014 May;45(5):1422-8.
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