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From: Rima (144.142.21.43)
Subject:         vitamin E info?
Date: January 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm PST

Is this information in the Healing Heart Handbook still valid? I thought there had been some recent news about vitamin E suggesting that in general people are better off not supplementing with it.

"There is some evidence that Vitamin E may help reduce the risk of heart attacks. While there is no consensus on the benefits of Vitamin E, there seems to be common agreement that taking up to 400 IU (international units) a day may be beneficial and would not be harmful to most people. If later research confirms these preliminary findings, persons with high heart risk will have gained those benefits. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and is also thought to be helpful in preventing some kinds of cancer. Some evidence indicates that anti-oxidants work better in combinations, such as Vitamin C, beta carotene and Vitamin E together. Vitamin E comes in capsules, tablets and soft-gels, small gelatin balls containing the liquid vitamin, allowing it to be absorbed rapidly. The gelatin in soft-gels and capsules is most often made from animal products and for that reason many vegetarians prefer vitamins in tablet form."

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