A new health study in Finland has found
that Vitamin E supplements can reduce risk of stroke in men who have high
"Vitamin E supplementation may prevent ischemic stroke in high-risk
hypertensive patients," the study, conducted by scientists in Helsinki in
coordination with the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., concluded.
A team of scientific researchers led by Dr. Jaana M. Leppala of the
University of Helsinki's Department of Public Health studied more than 29,000
male smokers in a population aged 50 through 69. The study found that stroke
occurred in a total of 1,057 men. Within 90 days from onset of their strokes,
l60 men died of stroke.
Vitamin E supplementation, however, decreased the risk of stroke in the
hypertensive men, although it didn't affect men with normal blood pressure.
Vitamin E also lowered the risk of stroke among hypertensive men who
concurrently suffered from diabetes.
Beta carotene, by comparison, increased the risk of cerebral hemorrhage
while showing a moderate decrease in stroke among men with greater alcohol
The study divided the test patients into four groups, with one receiving
Vitamin E supplements, the second receiving beta carotene supplements, the
third receiving both Vitamin E and beta carotene supplements, and the fourth
group receiving a placebo.
Results of the study have been published in the journal, Archives of
Dr. Leppala said the study was preliminary, and that further tests are
needed to confirm the roles of Vitamin E supplements and beta carotene.