Academic performance was higher in a study done with school students classified as highly or moderately physically active. Serum levels of Vitamin E were also higher in these more active students.
120 students (70 boys and 50 girls) around 16 years of age participated in this study. The students were enrolled in 6 different schools but followed the same academic curricula. Researchers collected data showing the students’ aerobic capacity and endurance as well as executive function and school performance. Physiological data such waist-hip ratio and BMI (Body Mass Index) were also noted. This data was then compared with the students’ Vitamin E levels and total antioxidant capacity.
Waist hip ratio and BMI were significantly higher in participants classified as having only mild activity levels and the achievement and fitness scores in the participants with mild activity levels were lower when compared with participants considered moderately and highly active. Total Vitamin E levels and total antioxidant capacity were significantly higher in the participants identified as being highly or moderately active.
These results build on current literature pointing to the importance of Vitamin E in brain health. Researchers concluded that Vitamin E levels as well as total antioxidant capacity may be used as an indicator for improving executive function, like actions to get things done and managing thoughts, physical activity and academic performance among students.
Studies show Vitamin E deficiency in early infancy may predispose a child to certain conditions like developmental delays of the central nervous system, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Certain animal studies and results from in vitro studies have shown links to Vitamin E and anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitamin E has also been linked to various physiological improvements like cognitive performance. A study published in 2012 showed individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and diminished mental function were more likely to have low blood levels of Vitamin E.
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