Chances are you didn’t hear this on the nightly news – nor
read it in your daily paper.
The big news about Vitamin E was released on
February 12th, 2004 in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol 53,
326S-334S KF Gey, P Puska,
P Jordan and UK Moser Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
of Berne, Switzerland ) which announced:
"Vitamin E deficiency is more closely linked to death from
heart disease than such better-known risk factors as high cholesterol and high
In specific scientific language, the researchers found there
is an “Inverse correlation between plasma vitamin E and mortality from ischemic
heart disease in cross-cultural epidemiology.”
In plain language, that means, the lower your vitamin E
blood levels, the greater your chance of dying from heart disease.!
When researchers for the U.N.’s World Health Organization looked at 100 middle
age men from each of 16 regions across
determined low levels of vitamin E in the blood correlated with fatal heart
disease more than any of the classical risk factors.
Researchers in the United Nations study said they could
predict 62 percent of heart disease deaths by looking at blood levels of
Headline news! We sure think so. And so does Harvard heart doctor William Castelli, medical
director of the famed
Framingham Heart Study
is a significant development. It doesn’t mean that the other risk factors are
unimportant. It means that there is another new important risk factor.“ While there are expensive tests to measure vitamin E
level - the best bet is to eat a well-balanced diet rich in vegetable oils,
nuts, seeds,and leafy green
vegetables and take adequate vitamin E supplements.”
SOMETHING MORE TO THINK ABOUT
Not too long ago, Vitamin E was called the “vitamin in search
of a disease” by those who sought to categorize all nutritional
supplementation as ‘quackery’ – (those charlatans are still with
us, of course). Even today, many so-called enlightened
physicians resist advising patients of this nutrient’s health
benefits. Even more shameful, a major independent survey of a
large number of board certified cardiologists revealed that
while 80% of this group availed themselves of daily Vitamin E
supplementation, fewer than 20% of these physicians recommended
it to patients.
Yet, despite scant health professional support, Vitamin E has
gradually gained public recognition. Well-read self-educated
consumers have adopted a pro-Vitamin E position, making it the
second most popular vitamin in the today – second only to
Vitamin C. In the late 1990’s, unscrupulous marketers,
recognizing this trend and seeking to profit from it, claimed
several tablespoons of margarine spread on one’s daily bread was
the best way to get an adequate Vitamin E supply! Fortunately,
this misinformation was soon put to rest as knowledgeable health
advocates stepped forward to blast the margarine industry into
ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH VITAMIN E? CHANCES ARE
THE ANSWER IS “NO”!
The U.S. government’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin
E is only 10 milligrams - but Dr, K. Fred Gey, unit
chief at Bern University’s Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Switzerland who
coordinated the U.N. study, believes that should be greatly increased to correspond to the Vitamin E levels in subjects with the lowest
rate of heart disease death.
So how much is enough? Good question, not yet answered.
Anywhere from 400 to 1200 IU daily would be our guess.
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