Research suggests that Vitamin E supplements can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease; a low-fat diet can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease; but research at the University of Surrey has now shown that if a vitamin E supplement is taken with a low-fat meal, the absorption of the vitamin into the blood stream, and therefore its efficacy, is significantly reduced.
Dr John Lodge and his team discovered that the absorption of vitamin E into the blood stream was minimal when taken with only a glass of water or with cereal and semi-skimmed milk. The absorption rates were significantly higher when taken with cereal and full-fat milk or cream, and higher still when taken with a meal of toast and butter.
Dr Lodge comments, ‘This research is significant as it shows that people following a healthy, low-fat diet may not immediately be getting the same coronary protection as they might expect from their vitamin E supplements.'
University of Surrey