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Don't forget that natural Vitamin E helps
fights off free radicals
intake of natural Vitamin E is recommended as a leading method to
counter forgetfulness, according to the Johns Hopkins Medical Letter,
"Health After 50."
Dr. Peter V. Rabins, a psychiatrist
and medical editor at Johns Hopkins, recommends "taking 400 IU
(international units) to l,000 IU of natural Vitamin E daily."
Writing in the column
"Consultation Corner" in the coming August issue of the Johns
Hopkins publication, Dr. Rabins said that natural Vitamin E provides
"increased protection from free radicals -- molecules that are
thought to contribute to the aging process."
Numerous health studies have
determined that natural Vitamin E, made from soybeans, is superior to
the synthetic version, manufactured from petroleum sources. Natural
Vitamin E can be identified by a bottle's label describing it as "d
alpha tocopherol." Natural Vitamin E has been shown to be better
absorbed and retained by the body than synthetics.
"Forgetfulness is one of the most
common complaints of middle age and beyond," Dr. Rabins said. He
noted that ordinary forgetfulness doesn't signal the onset of
"Be reassured," he said.
"It's perfectly normal to forget a book title or even the names of
friends. What's not normal is forgetting what a book is or being unable
to recall that a person is your friend."