Researchers from the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health have found that a diet rich in vitamin E may protect middle aged smokers from a variety of diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
Researchers examined the link between serum alpha-tocopherol (form of vitamin E) and death from a variety of causes in more than 29,000 Finnish male smokers.
After a 19 year follow up period, researchers found that men with the highest serum alpha-tocopherol levels had a significantly reduced risk of mortality from a variety of causes, compared to those with the lowest levels.
Mortality due to lung cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, stroke and respiratory disease were found to be reduced by 21, 32, 16, 36 and 42 percent respectively. Total mortality due to cancer and cardiovascular disease was reduced overall by 21 and 19 percent.
These findings were published in the November 2006 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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