According to some newly published results from the "Women's Health Study," Vitamin E
supplements do not protect healthy women against cardiovascular disease, strokes, or cancer.
This news comes after a 12-year study of nearly 40,000 women aged 45 or older. In recent years,
there's been a great deal of scientific interest in the potential of antioxidants like Vitamin E
to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But, the study--funded by the National Heart, Lung,
and Blood Institute, and the National Cancer Institute--showed no significant statistical
differences in the rate of non-fatal heart attacks and strokes, or in deaths from all causes,
between the group taking the vitamin supplement and the group taking a placebo. Captain Eleanor Schron
--deputy group leader in the NHLBI's Clinical Trials Scientific Research Group, Division of
Epidemiology and Clinical Applications--says that women taking Vitamin E in the hopes of
avoiding specific diseases should consider other approaches...
"This study indicates that, for cardiovascular-disease prevention, women should instead focus on
healthy lifestyle behaviors: eat a healthy diet to prevent high blood pressure and high blood
cholesterol; be physically active; lose weight, if overweight; and, if you smoke, quit!"
Captain Schron encouraged women to learn more about proven methods of preventing heart
disease--the number-one killer of women--by logging onto http://www.hearttruth.gov. The results
of the study were published in the July 6th issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association."