Study finds that vitamin E helps senior citizens fight colds

Researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association(August, 2004) that vitamin E supplements can help ward off colds and upper-respiratory infections in the elderly. In the study of 617 nursing home patients aged 65 or older, those who swallowed a vitamin E supplement daily had significantly fewer common colds and a 20% overall lower risk of catching a cold, the researchers found.

Respiratory infections are a serious problem in nursing homes. They can spread through the population easily and quickly. Vitamin E is very inexpensive and safe to give.

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