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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dietary vitamin E can boost physical health for the elderly

We all know that vitamin E is a great antioxidant that protects the body against free radical damage and helps in the formation of red blood cells, but according to an article from BBC it may also help those 65 and older from physical decline that happens with age.

The article noted a study that was performed by Yale University School of Medicine, which appeared earlier in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the study, 698 volunteers had their blood measured for vitamin levels and performed tests over a three year period on shorts walks and standing form a seated position, as well as balance.

Though the article stated that researchers decided that dietary vitamin E may be help reduce decline for the elderly, it also stated that they could not say why it helped keep the body healthy.

Only one person in the study was noted as taking vitamin E supplements, so they could not conclude that supplemental vitamin E would show the same effects.

To get a healthy amount of vitamin E in your diet, consume plenty of nuts, olives, leafy greens and seeds. As with anything, too much vitamin E can have negative effects at any age.

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