Don’t be surprised if you hear about another study blasting the use of vitamin E. Seems a study of 7,000 patients, appearing in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association, found taking vitamin E had no effect on the risk of one’s risk of cancer or cardiovascular disease and actually increased a patient’s chance of heart failure.
That said, the seven-year study showed 14.7 percent of patients taking supplements suffered from heart failure, only slighty different from a placebo (12.7 percent). Also, the lead researcher recommended additional research be done to ensure the connection between heart failure and vitamin wasn’t a fluke.
The only value of this study, as I see it, is to highlight the importance of using the correct kind of vitamin E. The kind of vitamin E most people often refer to which is sold in most stores is dl-alpha-tocopherol, and I urge you to stay away from it, as it is synthetic. In fact, I’ve devoted many pages on my Web site to recent studies that demonstrate, beyond a doubt, the true value of natural vitamin E:
- One often-overlooked form of vitamin E — gamma-tocopherol — may be a valuable anti-cancer agent.
- The risk of prostate cancer can be cut significantly when vitamin E’s major components — alpha- and gamma-tocopherol — are present in high levels in the blood.
If you’re not getting enough vitamin E and want to supplement your diet, I recommend you do your homework and find a high-quality brand. Although we don’t stock this in my Web store, I recommend Carlson’s vitamin E, as they do make one of the best products, and you can buy it in most health food stores.