Parkinson’s in Seniors: The Impressive Benefits of Vitamin E

By April 30, 2014Health Care

Despite the billions of dollars spent each year on the study of Parkinson’s disease, a concrete cure still eludes us. The good news is that alternative therapies are showing some promising results in treating Parkinson’s. One of those promising therapies happens to be Vitamin E.

The Rise of Alternative Treatments

Some people cringe hearing the term “alternative” therapies. Generally speaking, alternate therapies represent medical treatments that are yet to be “scientifically validated” as effective in treating certain conditions. Visions of acupuncture, hypnosis or bariatric tanks often come to mind, but, in all honesty, caregivers generally have no use for these items when caring for seniors with Parkinson’s disease. Instead, you might want to give vitamin supplements a chance.

Vitamin E for Parkinson’s

A large number of people believe Vitamin E supplements can help seniors suffering from Parkinson’s. With average dosages ranging from 800 IU to 1,200 IU taken each day, many seniors report an enormous decrease in their Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

How Does Vitamin E Help?

Surprisingly, a wealth of scientific research seems to indicate that vitamin E can improve a senior’s quality of life, as it pertains to Parkinson’s disease. Here’s a small sample of Vitamin E benefits:

  • Vitamin E speeds up the natural production of red blood cells, carrying oxygenated cells to all parts of the body.
  • Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant and offers valuable health benefits. Taking this vitamin supplement helps to protect healthy cell membranes in the body, shielding them from the damage of free radicals.
  • Vitamin E also works to thin the blood. Many seniors with Parkinson’s experience blood clotting caused by thickened blood in the circulatory system. To prevent these potentially deadly clots from forming, an anticoagulant is prescribed. However, providing your blood is closely monitored, vitamin E may offer the same blood thinning benefits you’d expect to see with prescription medications. Senior caregivers should never begin a supplement regimen without first speaking with the family physician.
  • Seniors suffering from Parkinson’s might look to vitamin E for relief of neurological disorders. Some neurological conditions are directly related to the disease and even exacerbated in its presence. Vitamin E can potentially treat the neurological symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, leaving seniors feeling healthy and independent.

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