Vitamin E may help relieve hot flashes

April 10, 2001 in Menopause, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Vitamin E may help relieve hot flashes

According to experts from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota vitamin E may provide some relief for breast cancer survivors who suffer hot flashes.

Estrogen relieves hot flashes in most women, but concerns remain over its use in breast cancer survivors because the hormone may stimulate breast cancer growth.

Vitamin E, at a dose of 800 international units (IU) per day, is modestly effective in reducing hot flashes, on average cutting the number of hot flashes by one per day. Based on their review of remedies for hot flashes, the authors recommend trying vitamin E for mild hot flashes.

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