Your Health: Jul. 8, 2002


Two studies offer a new definition of brain food. Chicago researchers say a diet rich in vitamin E, found in grains, nuts and egg yolks, can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. A Dutch study seconds that notion and adds vitamin C, found in many fruits and vegetables, to the list of neuroprotective nutrients. In neither study, however, did taking vitamin supplements provide the same benefit as eating real food. Researchers caution that the results are not yet conclusive and that vitamins--whether in diet or supplements--may not be enough to overcome a genetic predisposition to the disease.


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