Easy to get if you’re eating the right foods, one simple nutrient could be the key to better brain health – and to slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative neurological diseases.
Found in sunflower seeds, avocado, and almonds, vitamin E can indirectly boost your levels of DHA-PC, a polyunsaturated fat which can slow down the development of Alzheimer’s, among other neurodegenerative diseases.
Vitamin E And Alzheimer’s Prevention
According to a study published in the journal Nature,
“Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by senile plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, synaptic disruption, and neuronal loss. Several studies have demonstrated decreases of docosahexaenoic acid-containing phosphatidylcholines (DHA-PCs) in the AD brain.”(1)
People who are consistently deficient in vitamin E show low levels of a polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) called DHA. Levels can often be 30 percent lower in many individuals than what they need to maintain good brain health.
And the reason for that is because vitamin E helps to ensure that compounds called lyso-pls, essential for carrying DHA to the brain, are made in plentiful supply.