Vitamin E & Physical Decline

Yale University School of Medicine researched 698 community-living persons 65 years and older in Tuscany. Researchers were looking to identify the factors that contribute to physical function decline.*

Participants were examined between 1998 and 2000 and then re-evaluated 3 years later.  The researchers measured their amounts of micronutrients, including folate, vitamins B6, B12, D and E.

During follow up, Vitamin E was the only nutrient that was found to have a direct relationship with a decrease in physical function. Low Vitamin E serum in the blood was the strongest determinant of decline in physical function of these participants.

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* B. Bartali, E.A. Frongillo, J.M. Guralnik, M.H. Stipanuk, H.G. Allore, A. Cherubini, S. Bandinelli, L. Ferrucci, T.M. Gill. “Serum Micronutrient Concentrations and Decline in Physical Function Among Older Persons.” Journal of the American Medical Association 2008, Volume 299, Issue 3, Pages 308-315.

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