An important medical study by a team at the clinical school at the University of Cambridge and Papworth Hospital has confirmed that vitamin E dramatically reduces the risk of heart attacks.
Vitamin E is reputedly a beneficial element in the Mediterranean diet and supposedly responsible for lowering the risk of heart disease. Cambridge scientists, Professor Morris Brown and Dr Malcolm Hinchinson, confirm this. They have break-through evidence that proves that vitamin E reduces the risk of heart attacks by a massive 75%.
The study examined 2000 patients with heart problems over 18 months. Along with their regular medication, one half of the group was given vitamin E (800iu/day), whilst the other half was given a placebo tablet. At the end of the period, the number of heart attacks in the group treated with vitamin E, was only one quarter of that in the placebo group.
Not only is the difference statistically highly significant, but it was discovered that the group treated with vitamin E were at no greater risk of heart attack than people not suffering from any heart disease.
No side effects were reported by patients who took the vitamin treatment, although further studies still need to be conducted.
[Stephens, N G et al.
Randomised controlled trial of vitamin E in patients with coronary disease: Cambridge Heart Antioxidant Study. The Lancet, March 23, 1996781-785]