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Vitamin E May Increase Life Expectancy In Older Men

February 2, 2011 by  

Vitamin E may increase life expectancy in older menA study conducted at the University of Helsinki in Finland has shown that men older than 71 may add years to their life by taking vitamin E supplements. 

Researchers studied a total of 10,837 people in several randomized trials and found that the supplement had no effect on men between 65 and 70 years old, but in men 71 and older it reduced mortality by 24 percent .

Additionally, when looking at 2,284 men who took more vitamin C supplements than the average participant and smoked less than a pack of cigarettes per day, vitamin E appeared to add two years to an individual's life expectancy.

Overall, the study showed that vitamin E had little effect on life expectancy but researchers noted that significant benefits to a specific population may have been masked by the results of a test sample that was too diverse. They suggested a follow-up study that divides participants into groups according to their age.

The National Institutes of Health has reported that vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps the body fight against damaging free radicals like smoke, pollution and other environmental hazards. Intake of the vitamin could also help blood flow by dilating blood vessels. 

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  • Polski

    So if the men between 65 and 70 didn’t die immediately, were they helped by something else besides vitamin E? And the men who died on their 71st birthday, vitamin E didn’t help? Amazing what these scientists can tell us about everything under the sun!!!

  • Jim M. Capps

    Hi Bob,

    It is good to see that your web site is trying to educate on “Vitamin E”. We have been supporting the proper education and use of “The Vitamin E Complex” for almost 50 years. The continue shift to “Integrative Medicine” affords us the opportunity to bridge the gap of the proper use, ratio, dosage, time applied and protocol of the Vitamin E Complex. Clarity of the homolog/isomer used in a study is helpful in understanding how it may apply to your readers. Condition specific use of the Vitamin E complex and its interaction with drugs and other nutrients can be helpful to accomplish the individual’s healthcare needs. Take care.

  • http://ByGeorge By George

    I have at last reached the 71year age group but I don’t feel like it. I have taken Vitamin E for years but not for the reasons alluded to in this article. I had a career requiring frequent but unscheduled physical exertion (43 years a cop) and have long maintained a physical exercise program of light weights, resistance and cardiovascular exercise. I used the Vitamin E to relieve the lactic acid build up in my muscles after exercise and while I got tired I never got fatigued and a 30 minute nap usually cleared the tired bit. As a secondary benefit, I also discovered that a daily intake of Vitamin E eliminated the black “floaters” in my eyes, almost completely. What ever, it works.

    If the Finns are correct then I can anticipate that I shall surely die healthy.


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