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Vitamin E Lowers COPD Risk in Women

By June 6, 2010

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If you are a woman, 45 years or older, you may want to start taking more vitamins, specifically, vitamin E. Why?

Researchers at Cornell University and Brigham and Womens' Hospital found that women who supplemented their diet regularly with vitamin E lowered their risk of COPD by about 10 percent. According to study results, this applies to smokers and non-smokers alike.

Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, may protect the lungs from inflammation and free radicals, both of which contribute to the damage caused by lung disease. The findings, according to Anne Hermetet Agler, doctoral candidate with Cornell University's Division of Nutritional Sciences, suggest that increasing vitamin E actually prevents COPD. Women in the study took took 600 IU of vitamin E every other day.

While this is promising news for COPD, vitamin E was found to have no affect on asthma and the benefits were limited to only women. Further research is forthcoming to assess the beneficial effects of vitamin E supplementation in men.

Read more about COPD and antioxidants.

Also, remember to check with your health care provider before taking any kind of supplement, even if it is a vitamin.

Are you currently taking vitamin E? Was it prescribed by your doctor, or, did you decide to try it on your own? Share your story by leaving a comment.

Comments
January 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm
(1) Marilynn Sleeman says:

I began taking vitamin e when I was 28 years of age. I am now 70 and took it until I was diagnosed with aetrial fib last year. I have severe copd, and I was able to participate in aerobic step classes and aerobics for a long time, along with strength training and pilates. Now I have given up the step and aerobic classes, not able to do them and not able to take vitamin e any more as I am on a blood thinner. Whether it did me any good or not is questionable.

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