VITAMIN E DOES NOT PREVENT BLINDNESS, WORSENS COLDS

wo recent studies show that large doses of vitamin E may worsen the symptoms of the common cold, and do not treat macular degeneration, a cause of blindness.

A study from England shows that taking more than 30 times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E does not prevent macular degeneration. The second study showed that taking 200 mg of vitamin E daily does not protect well-nourished elderly people from respiratory tract infections. Having low levels of vitamin E prevents your immunity from killing germs effectively, but there is no data to show that taking more vitamin E than you need is more effective than just meeting your needs for vitamin E. Vitamin E is found in whole grains, but not in bakery products made from commercial flour. So people who do not eat whole grains may benefit from taking vitamin E pills.

1) British Medical Journal. July 6, 2002.

2) JAMA. 2002;288:715-721 effect of Daily Vitamin E and Multivitamin-Mineral Supplementation on Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Elderly Persons. a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Checked 1/7/04

Get our newsletter