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What does this mean?
The doses of vitamin E and other vitamins and minerals in dietary supplement products are often much higher than the recommended daily amounts. Most people are able to reach the recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet. While it's important not to draw too many conclusions from this new study, the results of this study highlight the importance of regularly reviewing your over-the-counter vitamin, mineral, and supplement use with your doctor or other healthcare professional in order to limit your exposure to unnecessary risks of side effects and possible drug interactions.
Vitamin E Linked to Certain Types of Stroke
A new study published in the British Medical Journal has reported that vitamin E supplements may be linked to an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke, the type of stroke where bleeding occurs in the brain. However, the study also reported that vitamin E cuts the risk of ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke that happens when a blood clot prevents blood reaching the brain. In this study, the effects of vitamin E on the risk of either type of stroke was relatively small.
Vitamin E is a nutrient in food that people need to stay healthy. For example, the body uses vitamin E to protect itself from infections and to keep blood flowing through the blood vessels. Vitamin E is believed to have other antioxidant properties and many people take Vitamin E containing products to supplement their dietary intake.
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