Vitamin E Supplements
Benefit Heart Despite Some Recent
As if recent studies on vitamin
E have not been confusing enough,
the latest study found benefits
that were actually downplayed
by the researchers and ignored
in most news reports.
Julie E. Buring, ScD, of Harvard
Medical School and lead investigator
in the Women’s Health
Study, tracked the health of
almost 40,000 women who took
either 600 IU of natural vitamin
E or placebos for 10 years.
She and her colleagues reported
that vitamin E did not reduce
the incidence of heart attacks,
strokes, or cancer.
They concluded that the “data
do not support recommending
vitamin E supplementation for
cardiovascular disease or cancer
prevention among healthy women.”
Despite the negative stated conclusion,
careful reading of the study shows that Buring and her colleagues noted
that women taking vitamin E
did have a 24 percent lower
risk of death from cardio-vascular
disease. Women age 69 and older
had even greater benefits –
a 49 percent reduction in cardio-vascular
death and a 34 percent lower
reduction of heart attack.
The researchers acknowledged
that, contrary to some recent
reports, they saw no side effects
from taking vitamin E supplements.
Reference: Lee IM, Cook NR,
Gaziano JM, et al. Vitamin E
in the primary prevention of
cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The women’s health study:
a randomized controlled trial.
From the September 2005 issue
of The Nutrition Reporter.
Reprinted with permission.
Copyright 2005 Jack Challem.