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Hearts and Vitamin E
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A new randomized study within the broader Women’s Health Study (WHS) discovered that women 65 and over, who included a supplement of 600 international units of vitamin E in their diets (as opposed to an aspirin and/or placebo) every other day for 10 years, enjoyed a 49 percent risk reduction of cardiovascular death (heart attack or stroke). The regimen also cut the incidence of heart attacks by 34 percent. Women under 65 gathered no such benefit from taking vitamin E.

To get the RDA of 15 milligrams (mg.) of vitamin E in your diet, include these foods:
  • Wheat-germ oil, 1 T., 20.3 mg.
  • Almonds, 1 oz. dry roasted, 6.72 mg.
  • Hazelnuts, 1 oz. dry roasted, 6.7 mg.
  • Sunflower seeds, 1 oz., 6 mg.
  • Sweet potato, 1 medium, 5.93 mg.
  • Creamy peanut butter, 2 T., 4.2 mg.
  • Peanuts, 1 oz dry roasted, 2.56 mg.
  • Avocado, 1 medium, 2.32 mg.

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