E, Vitamin C Supplements May Improve Outcomes For Surgical Patients
of both Vitamin E and Vitamin C can improve outcomes of surgical
patients, according to the Johns Hopkins Medical Letter.
The medical publication reported on a study of 600 patients that
has been published in the Annals of Surgery.
The study found
that trauma patients who received Vitamin E and Vitamin C were "less likely to experience organ failure." Patients
who received both vitamins also had shorter stays in intensive
care units and spent less time on a ventilator, the Johns Hopkins
Medical Letter said.
E and Vitamin C – Strong Antioxidants
Both Vitamin E and Vitamin C are considered strong antioxidants.
Antioxidants are believed to be effective by reducing oxidative
stress, which damages cells in organs by producing free radicals,
the publication noted.
Free radicals are molecules associated with aging and with certain
diseases, including cancer.
The roles of Vitamin E and Vitamin C as antioxidants have been
the subject of numerous health studies. Supplements of Vitamin
E, for example, were recently credited with reducing the risk of
bladder cancer mortality in a study conducted by the American Cancer
Society's Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research.
Source: American Nutraceutical Association
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