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.
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