Results of the Women's Health Study on Vitamin E...
...IN THE PRIMARY PREVENTION OF
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND CANCER
Perhaps you've seen these headlines . . .
"Aspirin and vitamin E fail to prevent cancer in women, key study finds . . . Neither low-dose aspirin nor vitamin E supplements prevent cancer in women and vitamin E also does little or nothing to prevent heart disease in them, according to results of a study released yesterday." Associated Press
"Not so fast! Vitamin E proves no cure-all. A new study shows that a popular supplement may have no particular effect on the health of women. Dr. Judith Reichman has details…" Newsweek
"Healthy Women Don't Need Aspirin, Regular Aspirin or Vitamin E Doesn't Prevent Cancer; Heart Disease" Medical News Service.
Although vitamin E was not found in this study to be effective for the prevention of cancer, the study is actually one of the most exciting studies in years as it shows life-saving benefits of vitamin E. Vitamin E was amazingly effective for reducing cariovascular death and heart attacks in women!
This large study included about 40,000 women who received either the vitamin E or a placebo for 10 years. Women (aged 45 years or older) receiving the vitamin E experienced a significant 24% reduction in cardiovascular death.
However, for older women, those affected most by cardiovascular disease, vitamin E was even more effective. Vitamin E reduced all major cardiovascular events in women over 65 years of age by 26%, due to a 34% reduction in heart attacks and a 49% reduction in cardiovascular deaths.
Indeed, the data and results found vitamin E very beneficial and protective. However, the researchers were testing mainly whether "vitamin E supplementation for 10 years decreased risks of major CVD (cardiovascular disease) and cancer in a large group of healthy women". The researchers defined major CVD as a composite (total) of several events. In the total group of women for the composite of cardiovascular events, vitamin E was not effective compared with a placebo, at the 10 year time period. Because of this finding, the researchers concluded that, "the data does not support recommending vitamin E supplementation for cardiovascular disease or cancer prevention among healthy women." The media, because of the way the press release to the media was worded, mostly dismissed the positive results and stated that vitamin E was found ineffective as a protective measure against cardiovascular disease.
Prominant Vitamin E Researcher, Maret Traber, Ph.D. of the Linus Pauling Institute states: "I find that conclusion inexplicable."
This study was printed in The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2005: (294)56-65.