Vitamin E (tocotrienol and tocopherol)

The virtues of vitamin E

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New research trumpets antioxidant's benefits

The heart and the eyes. According to new research, both of these might benefit from vitamin E:

Does High-Dose Vitamin E Kill People?

Comments on the effect of vitamin E supplementation. Effect of vitamin E supplementation on mortality; Side effects of the vitamin's high dose; Assertion that vitamin E does not kill people.

Periodical E: true story

Section: Health & Healing: wellness solutions from a natural perspective

There's good news behind the bad news about vitamin E.

THE MORE YOU READ ABOUT VITAMIN E, the more confusing it gets. This year, two studies challenged the antioxidant's reputation for staving off heart trouble. Researchers at the Women's Health Study concluded that women who consumed 600 IU of vitamin E on alternate days weren't protected from heart disease, while a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the supplements might slightly increase the risk of heart failure.

The heart health-E vitamin?

Alan Chait is a heart disease researcher at the University of Washington and the former chair of the American Heart Association's Nutrition Committee. Alan Chait takes a vitamin E supplement each day to reduce his risk of heart disease. Does he advise you to do the same?

No. "Even though we have impressive circumstantial data, the evidence isn't strong enough to make a widespread recommendation," says Chair, who adds that his decision to take vitamin E was influenced by his own rir factors.

Vitamin E Prevents Lung Cancer

Researchers at the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center have found that taking more vitamin E substantially reduces lung cancer. Their new study shows that people consuming the highest amounts of vitamin E had the greatest benefit. When they compared persons taking the most vitamin E with those taking the least, there was a 61% reduction in lung cancer risk.[ 1]

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