ITHACA, New York, May 22, 2000. Cornell University's
Medical College has published a special report on "The
Science of Eating Right: Vitamins, Minerals, and Dietary Supplements"
which says that of all vitamins, Vitamin E "boasts the
longest and most diverse list of potential benefits."
The report, published in book form by the editors of Women's
Health Advisor, a publication of Cornell's Weill Medical College
Center for Women's Healthcare, focuses on seven medical conditions
it says can receive benefit from Vitamin E. They are:
Heart disease - "The most well-documented
benefit of Vitamin E is cardiovascular protection."
Diabetes - "People with diabetes are
more prone to developing heart disease and other vascular
(blood-vessel related) problems prematurely, and Vitamin E
appears to have special benefits for them."
Asthma - "As an antioxidant, Vitamin
E could theoretically reduce asthma risk by minimizing free-radical-induced
inflammation in the respiratory tract."
Alzheimer's disease - Studies have found
that "Vitamin E helped slow the progress of Alzheimer's
disease ..." Based on the same theory that Vitamin E
can benefit the nervous system, researchers have also found
a link between a high intake of Vitamin E and a lower incidence
of Parkinson's disease.
Low immunity - A study published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association showed that "elderly
subjects who took Vitamin E supplements for four months boosted
their immune systems by more than 60 percent, with no harmful
side effects." A daily dose of 200 international units
"appeared to be the most effective."
Cancer - Studies have "linked low blood
levels of Vitamin E with early-stage cervical cancer, and
other studies have found low blood levels of antioxidants
in cancer patients."
Menopause - "Vitamin E supplementation
is the most common alternative or adjunct therapy to hormone
replacement therapy. At doses of 400 international units twice
daily, Vitamin E is thought to relieve hot flashes and vaginal