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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

May 12th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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