Supplements of vitamin E - It has been generally known that the vitamin is very beneficial for body, particularly in maintaining healthy skin (The womenfolk are very desirable, healthy skin). Also as a substance that plays an important role in counteracting free radicals, while also very involved at all in the body's metabolism. However, from several studies, vitamin E was also brought unfavorable impact on our health.
Historically, vitamin E is known as an antioxidant that can fight disease, free radicals and helps normal human reproduction. But you should not carelessly take supplements of vitamin E because it can increase the risk of stroke.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School, Boston, and INSERM in Paris found that vitamin E supplements may increase the risk of some types of stroke.
Haemorrhagic stroke (bleeding strokes) is the most rare type of stroke and occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the brain ruptures, causing brain damage. Researchers found that vitamin E increases the risk of stroke by 22 percent.
But the study also found that vitamin E could actually reduce the risk of ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, by 10 percent.
"However, supplements of vitamin E is only slightly reduce the risk of ischemic stroke and the results are generally even larger increases the risk of haemorrhagic stroke. So we suggest to be cautious and not arbitrarily take vitamin E,"explained Dr. Peter Coleman, deputy research director of The Stroke Association, reported by BBC News, Saturday (11/06/2010).
Dr. Coleman also said that further research is still needed to find the mechanism of action as well as the safe limit of vitamin E.