May 4, 2009 -- Question: Can vitamin E be used to treat Alzheimer's disease?
Answer: Several years ago, a study was conducted that demonstrated that vitamin E could slow the clinical progression of Alzheimer's disease in individuals who had moderate Alzheimer's disease. Now, since that time we've realized that vitamin E has many other limitations.
It doesn't work well with certain cardiac medications and may have additional risk factors. And so, while there was an initial hint that it might help in some aspects of the disease at the moderate stages, overall, the potential risks may outweigh its benefit at this point in time.