The Truth About Vitamin E

August 17, 2006

imagesdtk.jpgI used to take Vitamin E daily. The fad on antioxidants was so noisy that you cant help it but follow the trend. Anyway it’s only a vitamin is the argument!

Due to its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E was touted to provide the promise of heart protector and cancer reducer! Preliminary studies which were ” Chart reviews” or retrospective in nature showed promise! But… again we look for studies that are long term with huge number of subjects to really tell if a drug is worth our penny and our time.

The Womens Health Study is the biggest so far that involved 40,000 women who were followed from 1992 to 2004.  That’s pretty huge number with long term follow up period and therefore the results considered reliable. The study was published in the JAMA in July 2005 with extensive review in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The FINDINGS:

Vitamin E did not protect women from cardiovascular disease nor did it protect from cancer!

So if you are taking Vitamin E because of its antioxidant properties hoping to help you protect against heart disease and cancer… think again….

Go for the proven remedies…. Don’t go for the shortcut!

Healthy Lifestyle means Healthy Life!

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2 Responses to “The Truth About Vitamin E”

  1. maxim Says:

    How about Doctor for other indications, like women taking it to make their skin healthier?

  2. Doc Gerry Says:

    Thanks for asking these questions max… Vitamin E has not been shown to be helpful at all even to the skin even if it is applied as a topical cream or ointment. In one study, application of Vitamin E to the scar resulted in detrimental effect to the scar formation.

    With regard to ginkgo biloba… some small studies showed improvement in memory but a study done by NIH showed no effect. To really determine the effects of ginkgo…let’s wait for the studies to be done by NIH arm on Complementary medicine including if ginkgo herb can help prevent the onset of dementia and, specifically, Alzheimer’s disease; or if it can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease; and decrease the rate of premature death. It is also being studied by NCCAM for asthma, and insulin resistance. NIH-CAM is also looking at potential interactions between ginkgo and prescription drugs.


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