Warning as a popular vitamin associated with a 22% increased risk of bleeding in the brain

Dietary supplements are hugely popular in the UK despite growing doubts about their safety, but health problems usually only occur when high doses are ingested.

Nevertheless, a new study has found that long-term use of some vitamins can pose significant health risks.

A popular vitamin has now been shown to increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke by 22 percent, according to recent research.

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Taken at the right dose, experts recognize the benefits dietary supplements can have, but independent testing on a range of products has raised concerns about the safety of high doses and long-term use.

For example, vitamin E may increase the risk of a hemorrhagic stroke and lower the risk of ischemic stroke, according to a study.

Stroke can be divided into two different forms, reports Daily Express.

According to the health agency Cedars-Sinai: “A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood from an artery suddenly begins to bleed into the brain.”

The health body, on the other hand, defines an ischemic stroke as a stroke that occurs “when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted”.

According to a study, the risk of the latter may increase with longer-term vitamin E supplementation.

The authors of the study say: “Given the relatively small risk reduction of ischemic stroke and the generally more severe outcome of hemorrhagic stroke, arbitrary widespread use of vitamin E should be auctioned off.”

The researchers found that taking vitamin E supplements increased the risk of bleeding strokes by 22 percent, but reduced the risk of ischemic stroke by 10 percent.

However, the team noted that vitamin E did not significantly affect the risk of stroke in general.

A total of 223 hemorrhagic strokes were recorded among the 50,334 people who took vitamin E supplements.

An ischemic stroke, on the other hand, could be prevented for every 476 people who took vitamin E.

Taken properly, the vitamin helps maintain healthy skin and eyes and strengthens the body’s natural defenses against disease and infection, the NHS says.

The health agency states: “You must be able to get the amount of vitamin E you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

“If you are taking vitamin E supplements, do not take too much as it may be harmful.

“Taking 540 mg (800 IU) or less a day with vitamin E supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.”



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Separate research bodies have suggested that regular intake of 400 mg of vitamin E may increase the risk of lung cancer.

The University of Washington in Seattle found that taking 400 mg of vitamin E for 10 years increased the risk of lung cancer by 28 percent.

Taking 100 mg of the vitamin every day increased the risk of disease by seven percent.

Health experts have repeatedly warned against the use of vitamin pills as a substitute for a healthy diet and stress that other compounds found in fruits and vegetables are just as important.

According to the NHS, good sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, such as rapeseed, sunflower, soy, corn and olive oil. Nuts, seeds and wheat germ, which are found in grains, are also good sources.

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