If it too good to be true………..Anti-inflammatory drugs, Statins, Vitamin E

Anti-inflammatory drugs don’t prevent Alzheimer’s. It’s hard to believe we thought this was likely. It appears to have been based on this:

“Scientists have speculated (our emphasis) that non steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as Aleve and Celebrex, might prevent Alzheimer’s by reducing inflammation in the brain or by other means.”

Statins don’t help Alzheimer’s either.

“‘In a study in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the addition of Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium tablets) 80 mg to Aricept(R)(donepezil HCl) 10 mg showed no significant differences in cognition or global function (key measures of Alzheimer’s progression) compared to placebo plus Aricept 10 mg.Lipitor,'”

Nor will Vitamin E prevent cataracts. This was a large double blind study with “37,675 women without an initial diagnosis of cataracts. Half took 600 international units of vitamin E on alternate days; the rest took a placebo.”

“there was no difference in the number of cataracts between the groups and no difference in the types of cataracts they developed. Nor did those with possible risk factors like age and cigarette smoking get any benefit from vitamin E.”

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