Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Nearly 20 years ago - vitamin E and heart health

In 1991 a study was published in the lancet that clearly showed vitamin E was correlated to heart health. Low vitamin E levels in the blood resulted in higher risk of angina pectoris (pain in your chest as heart not getting enough oxygen).

This paper is regarded as the key study that proved vitamin E, an oxidant, was unequivocally important to heart health.

That was nearly 20 years ago. And it has only been in the last few years that vitamin E has become known for heart health. Questions I have:

1) Why did it take at least a decade to become known to the public?

2) Do doctors tell patients who have heart disease or are at risk of heart disease to increase their supply of vitamin E? (though supplimentaiton of natural vitamin E or increase vitamin E food sources)

3) What research is being published at the moment that would help our health?

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