Vitamin E, an HRT Alternative?

July 23, 2001

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Vitamin E, an HRT Alternative?

Vitamin E, an HRT Alternative?

DENVER--The antioxidant that plays a large role in preventingconditions such as cancer and heart disease may have a new function to add toits repertoire. At ENDO 2001 (,the 83rd Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society that took place here,researchers reported that bone loss occurring from lack of estrogen (caused bymenopause, hysterectomy) may benefit from vitamin E supplementation as much asfrom hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Sunil Wimalawansa, from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, and hiscolleagues used two animal groups to conduct eight-weeks of vitamin E treatmentcompared to conventional HRT therapy. The researchers found that vitamin E wasas effective and safer than HRT therapy. The next step is to study this effectin human trials.

This research supports previous findings that showed vitamin E improved bonedensity (BMD) in estrogen-poor women. Researchers from the University ofKebangsaan in Malaysia found that both palm vitamin E and alpha tocopherolmaintained BMD in ovariectomized rats (Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes 2000;108(4):305-10) (

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