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Vitamin E isn't helpful and may be harmful

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-f

Question In patients with or without heart disease, does vitamin E supplementation decrease mortality?

Synopsis The antioxidant property of vitamin E has led many to use it to prevent cardiovascular or cancer related mortality. However, several studies and several previous meta-analyses have shown either no benefit or a slight increase in mortality with its use. The authors of this study performed a literature search in the usual way, searching Medline, the Cochrane clinical trials database, and …

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