Researchers may have uncovered a link between Vitamin E and Lou Gehrig's disease. Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) is a brutal, fatal disease. With limited treatment options. Currently, there's only one ALS drug on the market...but it only extends a patient's life for two months at best.
We may be, however, one step closer to preventing the disease. According to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, vitamin E is the key.
Recently, Harvard researchers examined data for more than one million men and women. They found a clear link between the intake of vitamin E and Lou Gehrig's disease. In fact, those who took vitamin E were less likely to develop the disease. Plus, the longer the volunteer took vitamin E the greater the protection.
Here's how the data broke down:
- Men and women who took vitamin E for two to four years reduced their ALS risk by 23 percent.
- Men and women who took vitamin E for five ore more years reduced their ALS risk by 36 percent.
- Men and women who received vitamin E through dietary sources reduced their risk by 21 percent.
Plus, another study showed that when you take vitamin E for 10 years, you cut your risk of dying from ALS by 62 percent.
A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E scours your body and zaps harmful free radicals. Experts believe there is a prevention role between vitamin E and Lou Gehrig's disease because the antioxidant protects cell membranes -- even nerve cells -- from harmful oxidative damage. So keep up your daily vitamin E regimen. Go for 400 IU per day of all-natural vitamin E with mixed tocopherols. It may just give you some added protection against ALS.