Vitamin E can prevent heart attacks

There is some connection between the two because vitamin E can serve as an antioxidant and prevent the breakdown of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). PUFA are known to protect against coronary heart disease.

A Dr R. James Schute and others from 1946 onwards, advocated vitamin E as a treatment for angina (pain arising from a heart muscle deprived of part of its blood supply). The effectiveness of this has not been confirmed n several subsequent studies.

The issue received renewed interest following the findings that some forms of vitamin E (tocotrienols) reduce cholesterol formation in the body. These forms of vitamin E may therefore reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It should be remembered, however, that foods rich in PUFA generally contain vitamin E, so that a good intake of one from food would be associated with a good intake of the other. The question is, which is the effective factor. So far the evidence points in favour of PUFA, rather than vitamin E.