Mechanism Outlined by Which Inadequate Vitamin E Can Cause Brain Damage

A team from Oregon State University has found that a diet deficient in Vitamin E may cause neurological damage. In work conducted on zebrafish, they found that a Vitamin E deficiency robs the brain of key substances needed for sufficient brain health. Without the help of Vitamin E, the body is at a higher risk of neuronal death, cellular membrane damage, and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Although Vitamin E can be found in dietary oils, such as olive oil, the most Vitamin E-rich foods, such as avocados or sunflower seeds, are not a regular component of the American diet, resulting in a mass Vitamin E inadequacy among the U.S. population.

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