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From: Dr. Neal Pinckney (
Subject:         Re: vitamin E info?
Date: January 6, 2009 at 12:20 pm PST

In Reply to: vitamin E info? posted by Rima on January 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm:

The Healthy Heart Handbook was written in 1993 and the second edition in 1996. While nearly all of the information remains valid today, subsequent research findings have since modified some of the recommendations made back then.

The latest siummary of Vitamin E and cardiovascular disease is in the January 2009 issue of the U C Berkeley Wellness Letter. Here it is:

• Cardiovascular disease:
It’s logical that vitamin E might help prevent heart disease because of its antioxidant properties (free radicals are believed to be a factor in atherosclerosis), but supplements have not proved helpful. And many experts now have questions about the theory that antioxidants can prevent heart disease. In November the Physicians’ Health Study II produced the latest negative results: Among more than 14,000 male doctors taking high doses of vitamin C or E for eight years, neither supplement reduced heart attacks, strokes, or cardiovascular deaths. In fact, vitamin E slightly increased the risk of hemorrhagic (bleeding) strokes.

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