The antioxidant Vitamin E may help reduce high levels
of inflammation-causing proteins, C-reactive protein
(CRP) and IL-6, that may contribute to heart disease.
Blood levels of both CRP and IL-6 are often elevated
in patients with heart disease, indicating an increased
risk for heart attack.
Although investigators studied the effect of vitamin
E on diabetes patients, they found that both diabetics
and healthy people benefited from taking the vitamin.
Use of vitamin E supplements lowered levels of CRP
by 30% and IL-6 up to 50% in all three groups, according
to a statement from the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center at Dallas.
Researchers divided participants into three groups:
One group had type 2 diabetes and heart disease
Another group was comprised of those with only type
Another group consisted of healthy adults
All the participants had blood work done at the beginning
of the study, after 3 months of taking a natural vitamin
E supplement (1,200 IU), and again 2 months after consuming
no vitamin E supplement.
"This study shows that vitamin E lowers CRP significantly
in both diabetics and nondiabetics. The research suggests
that vitamin E could be an additional therapy on our
quest to reduce (heart) disease," study co-author
Dr. Sridevi Devaraj, noted in a statement.
Free Radical Biology and Medicine October 23, 2000