Vitamin E supplements may increase stroke risk


November 5, 2010 3:10:43 PM PDT
Many people take vitamin E supplements in hopes of getting a health benefit but new research said the pills may increase a certain type of stroke.

A study in the British Medical Journal found that vitamin E increased the risk of a hemorrhagic stroke by 22-percent. That type of stroke involves bleeding in the brain.

Researchers do not know at what level the vitamin becomes harmful. Hemorrhagic strokes are the least common type and occur when a weakened blood vessel ruptures and causes brain damage.

Researchers also found that vitamin E could actually cut the risk of ischemic strokes by 10-percent.