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.