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  • vitamin E [alpha tocopherol]
    We list this drug as a Do Not Use drug because Vitamin E deficiency is rare and Vitamin E has not been proved to prevent heart attacks or for any other medical purpose.

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  • Vitamins and Minerals [hide all summaries]
    One promotional strategy of supplement suppliers is to make people worry about whether they are getting enough nutrients. But do most people really need to take vitamins and minerals to supplement their diets? Or are they a waste of money? Are there better alternatives to taking supplements to ensure adequate nutrition? This section will attempt to answer these questions and help you sort through the fact and fiction surrounding nutritional supplements.

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  • Vitamin E Does Not Prevent Declines in Memory and Cognitive Function [hide all summaries]
    (October 2017)
    Dietary supplement makers often tout vitamin E products for a variety of purported health benefits, including the promotion of brain health. Find out why vitamin E supplements are unlikely to prevent cognitive decline and may cause serious harm if taken in doses exceeding the recommended dietary allowance.
  • Dietary Supplements Offer Little to No Benefit and May Be Harmful [hide all summaries]
    (October 2012)
    The article reviews current evidence on 16 dietary supplements based on a large number of studies testing their effectiveness.
  • Increased Prostate Cancer Risk With Vitamin E Supplements [hide all summaries]
    (February 2012)
    A recent study shows there is significant harm from using widely advertised vitamin E dietary supplements. Not surprisingly, the study was not funded by vitamin E manufacturers but by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
  • Vitamins C and E and Prevention of Cataracts [hide all summaries]
    (February 2011)
    This article discusses the results of a new study involving more than 11,000 people who were given vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin E and C together, or placebos and followed them to see if they developed new cataracts. The article also includes a review of older studies of the effects of these vitamins on colds, kidney stones, cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: A User’s Guide [hide all summaries]
    (August 2010)
    Vitamin and mineral supplements are a booming business in this coun­try. Many people are misled by ad­vertising into thinking that taking a supplement will help get rid of many of their health problems. But this is not the case.
  • Should Vitamins Be Regulated As Drugs? [hide all summaries]
    (June 2010)
    Increasing knowledge about the risks and, in some cases, lack of benefits of vitamins suggests that by classifying vitamins as drugs, companies would be forced to give patients much more information than they now provide and would have to back medical claims for efficacy and safety with evidence. The article also provides recent evidence of previously unknown harms from certain vitamins and updates on current knowledge about the 13 most commonly used vitamins.
  • New Study: Vitamin C and Vitamin E Do Not Prevent Cancer [hide all summaries]
    (February 2009)
    The article discusses evidence from a large, new study finding that neither Vitamin C nor E had an effect on prostate cancer, a number of other cancers total cancer. The article also reviews older evidence concerning the effects of these vitamins on cardiovascular disease and other diseases.
  • Multivitamins with Minerals: Use in Healthy Older Adults Shows No Benefit [hide all summaries]
    (December 2005)
    Research published in the August 6, 2005 British Medical Journal found that the daily use of a multivitamin with a mineral supplement by people over 65 years of age did not did not affect numbers of infections, use of health care services, quality of life, number of antibiotic prescriptions, or hospital admissions compared to an inactive placebo.
  • Vitamins: Useful or Harmful? [hide all summaries]
    (November 2005)
    Your best source of vitamins is a healthy balanced diet. Use the chart in this article for examples of vitamin-rich foods. Use vitamins only when they are necessary and in consultation with your physician.
  • Vitamin E For Cancer And Heart Disease — Enough Is Enough [hide all summaries]
    (May 2005)
    When studied for cardiovascular disease and cancer using the scientific "gold standard" method, a randomized controlled clinical trial, vitamin E offers only a cost without benefit and perhaps some harm.
  • Will a Vitamin a Day Keep the Doctor Away? [hide all summaries]
    (October 2002)
    A June 20, 2002 press release from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) proclaimed: “Harvard Researchers Publish JAMA [Journal of the American Medical Association] Articles Recommending Vitamin Supplements For All Adults.” The studies concerned vitamins for chronic disease prevention. However, if you are a well-nourished elderly person living at home, taking vitamin E may actually increase the number of times you must see your doctor.

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  • Will a Vitamin a Day Keep the Doctor Away? [hide all summaries]
    (October 2002)
    Will a vitamin a day keep the doctor away? If you are malnourished or a strict vegetarian trying to prevent chronic disease due to a vitamin deficiency maybe, but there is also the possibility of harm. If you are a well-nourished elderly person living at home, taking vitamin E may actually increase the number of times you must see your doctor.

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