Vitamin E for Colds?

Vitamin E supplements ward off colds in the elderly and may help some seniors avoid upper respiratory tract infections that can prove deadly, researchers said. The study followed patients aged 65 or older and those who swallowed a vitamin E supplement daily had significantly fewer common colds and had a 20 percent overall lower risk of acquiring a cold, compared to participants given a placebo. More patients taking the vitamin avoided upper respiratory tract infections than in the placebo group during the one-year study period. However, the vitamin did not reduce lower respiratory tract infections.

Despite these findings, I would not use vitamin E to prevent colds. Instead, I would rely on the far more effective strategies outlined in this past article.

Yahoo News August 17, 2004

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