Vitamin E Study

By: Anna Wagnild
By: Anna Wagnild

Taking a vitamin E supplement may still help fight wrinkles and make skin healthier, but it won't help your heart and could even have adverse effects.

A study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association involved more than 7,000 patients with diabetes or cardiovascular disease who took vitamin E for about seven years.

Those patients had a 13 percent increase of heart failure from the control group.

"I would tell patients to go back to their primary doctor and re-discuss the vitamin E issue if it's been recommended from the doctor. If it hasn't, if it was something they did on their own, they might consider discontinuing it," says Dr. Craig Santolin.
The study was intended to establish whether vitamin E would protect against heart attacks and cancer, but researchers found the supplement did not provide an advantage.

The study is listed at

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