Vitamin E scare study used synthetic,
not natural vitamin E
Headlines are once again ablaze with the shocking news that taking
vitamin E will kill you. Once again, the entire study was based
on people taking synthetic vitamin E, which has the opposite molecular
structure of natural vitamin E (the kind of vitamin E found in
nuts, seeds and other foods). Natural vitamin E is well known
to prevent heart attacks and enhance cardiovascular disease, and
there exists an abudance of clinical evidence to support that
Highlighting the dangers of synthetic vitamins is a favorite scare
tactic of the conventional medical community. By scaring consumers
away from vitamin E, they can convince people to take high-profit
pharmaceuticals instead of more affordable nutritional supplements.
And while nutritional supplements like ephedra get banned for
being associated with a few dozen overdose deaths, blockbuster
prescription drugs like Vioxx, which are suspected of contributing
to more than 27,000 heart attacks, remain perfectly legal and
little hope that the trend will reverse, either. Modern medical
researchers continue to look at isolated nutrients like vitamin
E or lycopene rather than whole foods like nuts or tomatoes. As
a result, they don't get an accurate picture of how these whole
foods provide a full-spectrum healing effect on the human body
that fights chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease.
sort of studies on isolated synthethic vitamins aren't honest
science. In fact, they're distortions that seem to be designed
to discredit all nutritional supplements. True health comes from
eating whole foods, superfoods and foods with high nutrient density,
including foods with plenty of vitamin E. It also comes from taking
nutritional supplements in their natural food forms, not as synthetic
doses of Vitamin E, which millions of people take to protect themselves
against heart attacks, Alzheimer's disease and other ailments,
appear to actually increase the overall risk of dying, researchers
A new analysis of data from 19 studies involving nearly 136,000
people concluded that the overall risk of dying began to increase
at the dose in a typical single capsule of Vitamin E, and that
the more Vitamin E people took, the more their risk of death rose.
Someone taking 400 international units of Vitamin E a day for
five years, for example, would face a 5 percent higher risk of
dying, the researchers found.
A typical multivitamin contains 30 to 60 international units of
Although the study did not examine how high-dose Vitamin E might
increase the risk of death, other studies have suggested that
the substance may boost the danger of heart attacks and strokes,
perhaps by affecting blood clotting or blocking the beneficial
effects of other nutrients, the researchers said.
Whatever the mechanism, the findings indicate that no one should
take high doses regularly and that current guidelines for what
is considered a safe maximum daily intake should be lowered, the
researchers said in a study presented at an American Heart Association
meeting in New Orleans.
"A lot of people take vitamins because they believe it will
benefit their health in the long term and prolong life,"
said Edgar R. Miller III, an associate professor of medicine at
the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who led the research.
In 2003, Americans spent $ 710 million on Vitamin E, making it
the second most popular individual vitamin, behind Vitamin C,
according to the Nutrition Business Journal, which tracks industry
But when researchers have attempted to give antioxidants to prevent
disease, the results largely have been disappointing, and sometimes
Beta carotene, for example, was found to increase rather than
decrease the risk of lung cancer.