Vitamin E cuts women’s COPD rate by 10%

HEALTHY women who take vitamin E supplements may reduce their long-term risk of chronic lung disease, a study suggests.

A post-hoc analysis of the 10-year US Women’s Health Study involving more than 38,500 women aged 45 years-plus shows those taking the supplement were 10% less likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma.

During 10 years of follow-up, 760 women in the vitamin E group developed chronic lung disease, against 846 in the placebo group. The women were also taking 100 mg aspirin or placebo.

The vitamin – 600 IU every alternate day – was associated with the strongest  protection for women who had one or more alcoholic drinks daily, the researchers said.

For all women the protective effect of vitamin E capsules was independent of smoking, age, aspirin intake, multivitamin use or intake of vitamin E through food, the researchers found.

But they cautioned that use of