Vitamin C with Vitamin E supplements protect from senile mental decline

April 25, 2005

Researchers examined the data from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging: a population based investigation following individuals over 65 years of age for 5 years. The participants were given the Modified Mini Mental State test to determine signs of dementia at the beginning of the study. The 894 people with no sign of dementia at the start of the study were followed closely to assess the protective effects of antioxidant supplements. Individuals reporting a combined use of Vitamin C with Vitamin E supplements and/or Multivitamin use at the start of the study were significantly less likely to experience significant cognitive decline during a 5-year follow up period, cutting their risk in half. Any antioxidant supplement use had some protective value. The study is published in the April 2005 issue of the journal Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders.

Pancreatic cancer linked to red meat and especially processed meat

In this study of 190,545 men and women who included African Americans, Caucasians, Latinos, Japanese Americans, and Native Hawaiians it was found that consuming high levels of pork and red meat increased the risk of pancreatic cancer by 50% and eating processed meat increased the risk by 67%. Processed meat includes hot dogs and sausages. Poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy did not affect the overall risk, nor did the overall intake of total fat, saturated fat, or cholesterol. The study was presented at the current meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Anahei, California.