BETHESDA, Md. (Sept. 4, 2005) Studying how much longer and "better" mice will live on high doses of vitamin E involves much time and work two years of feeding, testing and studying. But based on earlier results, a joint team from the University of Cadiz, Spain, and the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, figured the payoff would be worth the effort.
Their just-published paper shows that using vitamin E supplementation physiologically comparable to recent human experiments in Alzheimer's Disease patients, resulted in these major findings:
- male mice showed a 40% increase in median lifespan (to 85 4 weeks from 61 4).
- 17% increase in maximal lifespan (to 136 weeks from 116 weeks).
- increases in the ability to perform tests measuring neuromuscular performance (high-wire tightrope) and cognitive exploratory activity (T-maze); the increases on both tests ranged 9%-24% at 52 weeks, and 28%-45% at 78 weeks of age.
- brain alpha-tocopherol content increased 2.5-fold in male mice taking vitamin E.
- vitamin E supplementation offset various measures of mitochondrial function loss in a range of 37%-66% at the 52- and 78-week test points.
- all results were significant to a greater than 99% confidence level.
The paper "Vitamin E at high doses improves survival, neurological performance and brain mitochondrial function in aging male mice" appears online in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, published by the American Physiological Society. Research was by Ana Navarro, Carmen Gomez, Maria-Jesus Sanchez-Pino, Hipolito Gonzalez and Manuel J. Bandez of the University of Cadiz, Spain, and Alejandro D. Boveris and Alberto Boveris of the University of Buenos Aires.
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