Does an increase in vitamin E help those with Parkinson's?

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Does an increase in vitamin E really offer help to those with Parkinson's Disease?

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Graham A. Glass, MD, is the deputy director of the San Francisco Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Care Center (PADRECC) and an assistant clinical professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He completed a fellowship in movement disorders at the Mayo Clinic.

Although there has been much interest in vitamin E for multiple neurodegenerative diseases, there is not compelling data to suggest that there a role for vitamin E in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease. Further, there is not good data to support a role of vitamin E in slowing the disease progression. There were several reports of vitamin E slowing or preventing parkinsonism in animal models of PD, but human studies did not replicate these findings.