Vitamin E supplements may reduce lung disease ris

Daily supplementation with vitamin E may reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by about 10 per cent in women over 45.

The potential beneficial effects were observed in both smokers and non-smokers.
COPD can cause coughing taht produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other sympthoms, with cigarette somiking the leading cause.
According to the US National Institutes of Health, COPD is a major cause of disability, and it is the fourth leading cause of death in the US, with over 12 million people currently diagnosed with the disease.
The oxidant/antioxidant balance in lung tissue is hypothesized to contribute to chronic obstructiv pulmonary disease (COPD) risk, said the researchers, and they noted that observational studies consistently report high antioxidant status associated with lower risk of COPD and asthma.
The researchers analyzed data from the WHS, a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial that ended in 2004. Women received either vitamin E supplements at a dose of 600 IU every other day plus aspirin at a dose of 100 mg every other day, or placebo.
Over the course of 10 years of study, the researchers documents 760 new cases of chronic lung disease in the recipients of vitamin E compared with 846 cases in the recipients of the placebo.
This was equivalente to a 10 per cent decrease in the risk of developing chronic lung disease, said the researchers, and this was not affected by the smoking status of the individuals.
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