Research Findings Reveal Vitamin E May Reduce Heart Risks for Ex-Smokers
Date: 23rd April 2013
A study carried out by researchers from Ohio State University led to the conclusion that smokers who quit smoking and took a particular form of vitamin E had 19 percent reduced risk of suffering from cardiovascular ailments in comparison to the people who did not stop smoking.
The researchers started the experiment by asking the smokers to quit smoking for a period of seven days. Before and after the study, the researchers undertook a thorough measurement of their blood markers for blood vessel function and inflammation.
When the smokers quit smoking for seven days, it was seen that the vascular function of the 30 people participating in the survey was enhanced by 2.8 percent. Altogether, the participants taking vitamin E showed an additional improvement by 1.5 percent. However, according to the researchers, past research has shown that 1 percent raise in vascular function signifies a 13 percent reduction in the risk of heart ailments.
Richard Bruno, the head researcher of the study, reveals that it is a short-run study and delivers bright results. He states that it will take many years for the risk for cardiovascular ailments for an ex-smoker to match with a non-smoker. Richard Bruno and other researchers are hopeful of evolving a therapy that can be combined with quit smoking so that it could decrease cardiovascular risk and quicken the reinstatement of vascular function.
In the study, the researchers included gamma-tocopherol, a specific form of vitamin E. Gamma-tocopherol is available in food products such as peanuts, cashews, pistachios, canola oils and soybean.