Monday, 24 November 2014

Vitamin E supplements of no benefit?

A study co-authored by Dr Andrea Curtis has found there is no proven support for recommending vitamin E supplements for healthy people.

The study sought to find whether dietary supplementation of vitamin E had an effect on all-cause mortality in apparently healthy people.

According to the study, amongst 1,200 Australians over 65 years old, 7.5 per cent reported taking the supplement with an expectation of improvement to overall health.

It discussed that despite dietary supplementation of vitamin E being encouraged in the past for the prevention and treatment of diseases including cardiovascular disease (CVD), most randomised controlled trials did not show any benefit from the supplement being taken.

Importantly it was highlighted that a number of previous meta-analyses indicated that supplementary vitamin E increased the risk of haemorrhagic stroke.

Despite this, the study concluded that evidence from analysis of 18 randomised controlled trials found neither positive nor negative effects from vitamin E supplementation at a dose of 23-800IU per day.

Click here to read the full paper.


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