Findings from a new study suggest that vitamin E is not useful in preventing heart attack or stroke. The findings, which appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine, are based on an analysis of data from seven large studies that looked at vitamin E's ability to treat or prevent heart disease and stroke.
In six of the trials, vitamin E had no effect on cardiovascular disease. In a combined analysis, vitamin E use did not affect the risk of any important cardiovascular event. In particular, such use did not decrease (or increase) the risk or heart attack, stroke, or death related to these causes.
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