Neuroscience: Low vitamin E levels can affect brain health

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Vitamin E is available in olive oil, almonds, sunflower seeds, greens and avocados. However, most people exhibit a deficiency of the nutrient that is so vital for brain health.

A diet deficient in vitamin E spells trouble for the brain and could lead to neurological damage by cutting off the supply of basic building blocks. Researchers at Oregon State University showed that zebrafish fed a diet deficient in vitamin E throughout their life had about 30% lower levels of biomarker DHA-PC placing them at higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

“This research showed that vitamin E is needed to prevent a dramatic loss of a critically important molecule in the brain, and helps explain why vitamin E is needed for brain health,” said Maret Traber, the Helen P Rumbel Professor for Micronutrient Research in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU and lead author on this research.

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