We already know how important vitamin E is for our skin, eyes and a strong immune system, but new research suggests it is also vital in maintaining a healthy and well-functioning brain.
Researchers at Oregon State University found that a diet lacking in adequate levels of vitamin E could lead to neurological damage – by cutting off the supply of basic building blocks that are essential to the brain.
As part of the study, scientists examined zebrafish – which were fed a vitamin E-deficient diet throughout their life.
They found that the fish had about 30% lower levels of biomarker DHA-PC – and previous studies show that similar problems in humans could lead to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
DHA-PC is an essential part of the cellular membrane in our brain cells. And more importantly, the brain cannot manufacture the compound on its own and depends solely on diet for DHA supplies.
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