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Vitamin E May Check PUFA Damage


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Vitamin E May Check PUFA Damage

SCOTLAND--In a recent study, consumption of supplemental vitamin E may combat damage caused by polyunsaturated fats (PUFA). PUFAs, which have been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, are susceptible to free radicals that can damage DNA.

Researchers at the Rowett Research Institute in Scotland asked 21 men to eat either a low-PUFA (five percent) diet or a high PUFA (15 percent) diet. The men supplemented their diets with seven to 10 IU of dietary vitamin E or else with 110 IU of vitamin E supplements. DNA damage increased with the higher intake of dietary PUFAs and vitamin E was shown to repair the destruction. For additional information, contact the Rowett Research Institute at [email protected].

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