Vitamin E intake and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, 655 Huntington Avenue, Building 2, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
Annals of Neurology (Impact Factor: 11.91). 01/2005; 57(1):104-10. DOI: 10.1002/ana.20316
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ABSTRACT Oxidative stress may contribute to the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We therefore examined prospectively whether individuals who regularly use supplements of the antioxidant vitamins E and C have a lower risk of ALS than nonusers. The study population comprised 957,740 individuals 30 years of age or older participating in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study II. Information on vitamin use was collected at time of recruitment in 1982; participants then were followed up for ALS deaths from 1989 through 1998 via linkage with the National Death Index. During the follow-up, we documented 525 deaths from ALS. Regular use of vitamin E supplements was associated with a lower risk of dying of ALS. The age- and smoking-adjusted relative risk was 0.99 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.69-1.41) among occasional users, 0.59 (95% CI, 0.36-0.96) in regular users for less than 10 years, and 0.38 (95% CI, 0.16-0.92) in regular users for 10 years or more as compared with nonusers of vitamin E (p for trend = 0.004). In contrast, no significant associations were found for use of vitamin C or multivitamins. These results suggest that vitamin E supplementation could have a role in ALS prevention.

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    • "Numerous reports have suggested that all types of vitamin E scavenge reactive oxygen species and protect cells and organs against oxidative stress as their common potent characteristic [5] [6] [7]. Furthermore, recent epidemiological and clinical studies suggest that vitamin E is effective in oxidative stress-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD) [8] [9] [10], Alzheimer's disease [11], and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [12]. However, other clinical studies have failed to confirm the efficacy of vitamin E members, especially αTOC, in the treatment of these diseases [13] [14] [15]. "
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    • "Contents lists available at SciVerse ScienceDirect journal homepage: development of ALS to 0.38 [12]. Also riluzole, the only approved neuroprotective treatment for ALS, is an antiglutamatergic agent which also has antioxidant properties [13]. "
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    Free Radical Biology and Medicine 04/2013; 61(100). DOI:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2013.04.018 · 5.71 Impact Factor
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    • "Similar results have been reported in human studies. Long-term use of vitamin E supplements in an ALS-free cohort was associated with a reduced risk of dying of ALS [208]. However, two clinical trials using oral administration of vitamin E at either 500 mg twice a day for 12 months [209] or 5000 mg/day for 18 months [210] showed no effect on survival in ALS patients. "
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